MTV Cribs: Paulina Rubio / 2002

MTV Cribs: Paulina Rubio / 2002


Footnotes

Mention the name Ricardo Bofill in Spain and much of Latin America, especially Mexico, and the figure that most people call to mind is not Bofill himself, but his son. Ricardo Bofill the younger, sometimes called Ricardito by the tabloids, is now the firm’s president, having worked there growing up, and having studied architecture and real estate at a host of American universities: Rice, Columbia, Harvard. He also graduated with a degree in film studies from UCLA in 2001, and echoing his father’s youth, made some short films thereafter. Born in 1965, he grew up watching his father become one of the most active and celebrated architects. But Bofill fils succeeded in matching and even exceeding his father’s fame, by most accounts, if around kitchen rather than drafting tables. In 1993, the younger Ricardo married Chabeli Iglesias, Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias’s daughter, in a lavish wedding in Barcelona. It is hard to overstate the appeal the Iglesias family has for the Spanish-speaking world, and so Bofill and his free-wheeling demeanour (and lifestyle) was laid bare in newspaper headlines and websites. The news of his split with Chabeli in 1996 was eclipsed perhaps only by the news of his new girlfriend, one of the most popular Latin stars in the world, the Mexican singer Paulina Rubio. In a 2002 episode of MTV Cribs – a television series that takes viewers into the homes of their favourite stars – we see Rubio giving a tour of La Fábrica, offering one of the most elaborate and intimate views of how the Bofill clan lives. ➡︎


Sources

◼︎ Ricardo Bofill: The Future of the Past / Introduction: Carson Chan / mono.kultur #36


Function after form: old cement factory sculpted as home office / Fair Companies / 2016

Function after form: old cement factory sculpted as home office / Fair Companies / 2016

euromaxx Deluxe: A Converted Cement Factory in Barcelona / DW / 2010

euromaxx Deluxe: A Converted Cement Factory in Barcelona / DW / 2010