This international brand has been a synonym of exclusive and coherent urban and architecture design for over 50 years.
The office is led by Ricardo Bofill and two partners - Peter Hodgkinson and Jean-Pierre Carniaux– and employs a staff of around 60 of 12 nationalities; a multidisciplinary cohesive team made of urban planners, architects, engineers, interior, graphic and industrial designers and model makers.
With a focal interest in urban design the studio has established an international reputation with projects such as Place de l’Europe (Luxembourg), Nova Karlin (Prague), Port Praski (Warsaw), New Castellana (Madrid), Tarragona’s new seafront, Nova Bocana (Barcelona), Puerto Triana (Seville), Central Artery (Boston) and in the Japanese city of Kobe. The Antigone quarter in Montpellier, France (4 million square feet built) is a tangible example of a project on a grand scale, a part of the city, which has been designed and constructed by the team during twenty years.
The Taller de Arquitectura’s assertion that the city should be formed by streets and squares is more that a simple programmatic declaration in opposition to the model adopted in the construction of isolated blocks separated by extensive open spaces. The Taller has put forward the model of the sustainable Mediterranean city with its well-defined public space, as the model to be followed in new town planning schemes.
Ricardo Bofill – Taller de Arquitectura contribution is essential to the development of a new "integrated urbanism." A general aspiration to provide, through a comprehensive approach, public spaces where a true social life may take place is thus becoming manifest, as well as recognition of the need to give our settlements a clear, imaginable definition. The Taller has interpreted both aims in an inspiring and powerful way. Moreover it has demonstrated that a city ought to have a meaningful relationship to its environment, in the sense of gathering and visualizing its particular qualities. The urban forms created by the Taller in fact play the role of "centres" which structure their landscapes and regions.
In the field of large transport infrastructures stands out 1991 Barcelona Airport and its recent extension, Terminal 1, awarded 2011 Best Airport Southern Europe. Good examples of successful culture facilities and convention and conference halls are the National Theatre of Catalonia in Barcelona, Madrid Congress Centre, the Arsenal Auditorium in Metz (France), the Shepherd School of Music for Rice University in Houston, the Villa Cultural del Prado in Valladolid, and the Convention and Exhibition Centre in A Coruña. In 2010 the team was awarded the first prize at the international competition for the Polytechnic University Mohammed VI project in Morocco.
The practice had the opportunity to demonstrate its competence by completing important office building projects as headquarters of leading companies: Swift banking company in Brussels, Christian Dior, Rochas, Decaux, Cartier, Paribas at Marché St. Honoré, Gan and Axa Insurance companies in Paris, Tokyo’s Shiseido. Donnelley Building, the first skyscraper signed Ricardo Bofill in Chicago today seat of United Airlines. Citadel Centre the 44th tallest building in Chicago was completed by RBTA in 2003. In Prague’s Karlin District, a former industrial area converted in one of the successfully developing city quarters, the team has delivered two office buildings Corso I and II and is currently completing the design of multifunctional project, Karlin Hall. Also in Prague, RBTA is responsible for the renovation of historic Foundation Building to house Vaclav Havel’s personal library.
The designs of five-start hotels built by the Taller, such as Beijing’s Shangri-la Hotel, Costes K in Paris, Starwood’s Colombo Resort in the Portuguese island of Porto Santo and recently the W Barcelona, are founded on simplicity, function and luxury to create a sense of destination and place.
The team has completed successful retail projects as Atrium Saldanha in Lisbon, Funchalcentrum in Portugal and the mall La Zona Kawasaki Plaza in Japan. More recently the team has been commissioned the design of a 97,000 sqm shopping mall in Valencia, Spain.
Housing is another area intensively studied by the Taller de Arquitectura. The team has carried out several housing complexes in Europe (2,000 units in France, 1,500 in Spain, 400 in Sweden, 350 in Holland). Specially significant in the team biography are large projects carried out in the Parisian Villes Nouvelles as Les Espaces d’Abraxas in Marne-la-Vallée, Les Arcades du Lac near Versailles, Le Belvedere St. Christophe in Cergy-Pontoise, Les Echelles du Baroque in Montparnasse district and recently mixed-use projects in Savona (Italy) and Funchal (Portugal).
For the practice Landscape Design has always been a core discipline. From “garden cities”, to large urban green areas that become the back-bone of the city, the brand has created more than 100 designs for parks from Puerto Rico to Beijing. As parts of these efforts, green sustainable development needs to be constantly updated both at the local and global level.
Many of the Taller projects become over time a familiar and symbolic landmark - emblematic of the place. However at the time of their creation they may be new and radical in appearance. Such projects herald a degree of innovation – sometimes social, sometimes technological and often both together.
The spirit of continual research has been one of the elements which have kept the Taller de Arquitectura at the creative forefront, and the element that has provoked the most apparently spectacular changes. The design studies for precast concrete units or for the moulds for in situ shuttering, prompted by the need to obtain a large number of different forms from the combination of a very limited number of units contributed, in the 80’s, to the Taller’s affirmation of the validity of classical forms and geometry in contemporary architecture. In the 90’s, the inclusion of glass and steel amongst the materials used by the Taller might seem to suggest a new phase in the stylistic evolution, although in fact this is simply the logical outcome of a process market by the study of a research into form and materials.
THE PHILOSOPHY AND VALUES WHICH INSPIRE EVERY THE TALLER’S PROJECT ARE THE SAME REGARDLESS OF SCALE. FROM THE CONCERN WITH THE DESIGN OF THE PUBLIC SPACES AS THE PLACE OF RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PEOPLE, THROUGH TO THE COMMITMENT TO QUALITY AND BEAUTY IN THE DESIGN OF THE OBJECTS PEOPLE USE EVERY DAY.
The Taller de Arquitectura is associated with the world’s best specialist in each technical field in order to be able to build avant-garde buildings in keeping with its tradition which consists of obtaining the most favourable price/quality in construction and to be able to separate the binomial beauty luxury. “Beauty is not necessarily expensive”.
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Ricardo Bofill - Taller de Arquitectura is a leading international studio for architecture, planning and design. This international brand has been a synonym of exclusive and coherent urban and architecture design for over 50 years. The office is led by Ricardo Bofill and two partners - Peter Hodgkinson and Jean-Pierre Carniaux– and employs a staff of around 60 of 12 nationalities; a multidisciplinary cohesive team made of urban planners, architects, engineers, interior, graphic and...
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