Walden 7: Not only an exceptional example of Spanish contemporary architecture, but also one of the most innovative and distinguished residential buildings of the 20th century.
This experimental apartment block, located at the edge of Barcelona in Sant Just Desvern, was designed and built on a very low-budget in 1974 by Ricard Bofill’s team. Bofill, an accomplished Catalan architect, also designed many of the apartments which housed the Olympic athletes in 1992. One of his most recent works is the W Hotel (Hotel Vela) which was established in 2008.
The name of the building is inspired by B.F.Skinner’s science-fiction novel, Walden Two, which depicts a utopian community and emulates the simple living and self-sufficiency that Henry David Thoreau practiced at Walden Pond . The building consists of 18 separate towers with a total of 446 apartments, formed by modules of 30 square meters in size. The smallest is a studio, made of only 1 module, and the largest is a 2-story apartment, made up of 4.
Built where there had previously been a cement factory, Walden-7 has ample public space for sports and recreation, bars and restaurants on the ground floor, and swimming pools on the roofs.
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