La Muralla Roja
23 January 2017
Rising like a fortress from the rocky cliffs of Calpe on the Spanish coast, La Muralla Roja (The Red Wall) is the work of architect Ricardo Bofill.
At first glance this labyrinthian structure with its Escheresque interlocking stairs, platforms, and bridges evokes the complex, impossible architecture one finds in a dream. It in fact corresponds to a precise geometric plan based on the typology of the Greek cross, and references the popular architecture of the Arab Mediterranean in its reinterpretation of a Kasbah. A nod to the region’s Islamic past.
Last year we spent a week living within the walls of this pink palace which is formed of 50 apartments, built in 1973. Giving us the chance to explore this utopian structure with its numerous roof terraces, solariums and swimming pool. It’s a perfect arrangement of three-dimensional geometries whose vertical walls are stunning shades of pink and red, while the stairs and patios are jewel-like hues of blue and indigo.
On a bright sun-filled morning ascending the stairs to one of the rooftop terraces you’re rewarded with an unspoilt vista of a perfect blue sea and sky horizon. It really is enchanting and dream like. The ideal escape for mind, body and soul.
For photographers, lovers of architecture and design alike this place does not disappoint. Every angle and perspective is perfectly composed. Alongside our current obsession with the colour pink in all things, from fashion to interiors this place is definitely capturing the zeitgeist.
We found it hard to leave this magical abode, bathed in hot Mediterranean sun on the beautiful Calpe coast. A week never seems quite enough, so we'll be back for more!
All photos © 2017 Milena Kovanovic