completed 1974 : architecture : walden 7 : barcelona : ricardo bofill

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built in 1974 by ricardo bofill taller de arquitectura, is located in sant just desvern, a town west of barcelona, in a plot formerly occupied by a cement factory. designed as a series of buildings, only one was finally built.

walden 7, called “city in space”, is composed of 18 towers which are displaced from their base, forming a curve and coming into contact with the neighboring towers. the result is a vertical labyrinth with seven interconnecting interior courtyards, as far removed as possible from the model of the uniform, repetitive housing block.

the 31,140 m2 complex includes 446 dwellings, public spaces, meeting rooms, games rooms, bars and shops on the ground floor, and two swimming pools on the roof.

the dwellings are formed on the basis of one or more 30 m2 square modules creating, on different levels, dwellings that range from a studio consisting of a single module to a large, four-module apartment. text & photos : mas context , click here for more on ricardo bofill                              .

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