Collaborators Michelle Cho andJune Kim explored La Muralla Roja as part of their series series Other-On. La Muralla Roja by Ricardo Bofill was completed in 1973 and is located in
Calpe (Alicante) España.
La Muralla Roja is a housing project located in the area of Calpe in the Alicante region in Spain on a steep coastal landscape. Designed by architect Ricardo Bofill and his Taller de Arquitectura, the project was built in 1973. The plan of the complex responds to a strict geometrical control: each of the fifty apartments is based on the iteration and variation of the same order, as the single rooms are arranged into squared plans and connected together in order to form a system of crosses. In the corners where two crosses touch, the kitchen and bathrooms are superimposed on each floor to materialize the central towers.
The extruded squared spaces get volumetric relevance by detaching one with the other and allowing the presence of interior symmetrical patios. Height variations as well as systems of exterior staircases and the complex geometry of the terraces all contribute to turn the rigid plan into an almost labyrinthine structure, rich with formal invention while consistent in its fortress-like appearance. A combination of stylistic and formal references from different corners of the world emerges into a sort of out-of-place and out-of-time composition where the use of different bold colors accentuates the surreal qualities of the ensemble.
I think I can call all my family (which consists of my husband, my daughter and myself) Monument Valley fans, and, first of all, thank you for your art!
Last Spring, while planning a trip to Spain I came across the pictures of a building in a small town named Calpe, a building that looked so much like some of the Monument Valley levels that I got obsessed with the idea to make a photo shoot of my little daughter cosplaying Princess Ida there. Having come through obstacles and with many adventures, we still managed to make it happen and here are the results. I know there’s no chance for you to enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed the game but hopefully they can at least make you smile. :)