Les temples du Lac

by Ricardo Bofill

Les temples du Lac et Les Arcades du Lac, la première réalisation en France de l’architecte espagnol Ricardo Bofill, qualifiée par les médias de “Versailles du peuple“ sont régulièrement visitées par des touristes étrangers.


For our English visitors:

About Ricardo Bofill the architect who designed this "temple of the lake"

We have to acknowledge his merit of having often animated the design scene beyond the post-modernist mannerism, showing a sense of carefree discontinuity which has been labelled by some as "degrading conformism".

Bofill describes his own method of creativity. Revealing priorities, he does an emphasis on the reference to cultural memory and its connection with modern art and technical finds:


«All traditional laws, on which I cite on, do not create obstacles for creativity at all, and on the contrary are the support and springboard for it. I find out them on all depth of a history of architecture, I mix the various dictionaries and even I can without any difficulties bring to any system in the certain contradictions, i.e. to deform it. I hate that is too regular, too perfect. I like to use vegetation, ruins, false symmetry, which breaks marble-cold pretentiousness of too classical building. If I risk today, that is only because I believe, that I managed to develop own system strong adhered to memory and to history, which allows me to apply some of modern achievement»

Ricardo Bofill repeatedly addresses to a theme of theatre. Inhabited complexes «Green semicircle» in Cergy-Pontoise, «Baroque ladders» both «Abraxas» in Paris and «Antigona» in Montpellier are very significant: They reveal European experience of theatrical and visual designing.

The attitude of Bofill to classicsrecurrent theme. He seems to desire to express himself by known concepts and expressions of classical architectural language. Bofill declares:


«To be the classicist after the Modernism is means inevitably to be reactionary. … The inspiration suggested by classics, does not mean technological archaic, but contrary, novelty and connection of the contents and form, work above architectural language and search of conditions that give it the greatest force»

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