Architecture Meets Perfect Colour Palette

The vibrant beauty of Bofill’s La Muralla Roja captured in Andrés Gallardo Albajar’s photos

by Rossana Vinci
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The Estonia-based photographer Andrés Gallardo Albajar has captured the timeless and stunning allure of La Muralla Roja (The Red Wall), the famous housing complex designed by architect Ricardo Bofill in 1973.


The photographs, taken in Calpe, Spain, highlight its beautiful and distinct combination of cubes in space. Its fortress-like design and vibrant colors not only enhance the otherworldly tone of the images, but also add to its intrigue.


Ph. © Andrés Gallardo Albajar 


Ph. © Andrés Gallardo Albajar 



Located in the La Manzanera development, La Muralla was designed more like a waterfront fortress, with walls colored in varying shades of red and stairs in tints of blue to either contrast with or complement the sky.

The buildings, which are connected by a series of interlocking stairs, platforms, and bridges, extend from rocky cliffs and look out over the waterfront. Fifty apartments within the complex are equally as complex, offered in three different sizes.


Ph. © Andrés Gallardo Albajar 

Ph. © Andrés Gallardo Albajar 



The complex on the one hand, embodies a clear reference to the popular architectures of the Arab Mediterranean, in particular to the adobe towers of North Africa, and to a reinterpretation of the Mediterranean tradition of the casbah. At the same time, the labyrinth of this recreated casbah corresponds to a precise geometric plan based on the typology of the Greek cross with arms 5 m (16’) long, these being grouped in different ways, with the service towers (kitchens and bathrooms) at their point of intersection.


Ph. © Andrés Gallardo Albajar 



Ph. © Andrés Gallardo Albajar 





Images courtesy of Andrés Gallardo Albajar


See more of Andrés Gallardo Albajar photographs below, and on his website


    La Muralla Roja 14

    La Muralla Roja

    Gibraltar / Spain / 1973