19 March 2021 | Updated: 22 March 2021
The well-known architect is the creator of Torre Ikon, an exclusive residential development by Kronos Homes with 29 floors and 203 homes offering panoramic views of the city.
At over 100 metres high, with an open-plan design in which curves and straight edges interact dynamically, the Torre Ikon by prestigious architect Ricardo Bofill marks the beginning of a new era in urban design in Valencia
Comprising 203 one-, two- and three-bedroom homes and penthouses with spectacular views of the city, this exclusive residential development by Kronos Homes (expected to be completed in 2023) is set to be the tallest skyscraper in Valencia.
Intended to become an icon of vertical architecture, Bofill’s new creation is located near the Valencia’s Palacio de Congresos and opposite Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas. Its post-modernist style is enhanced by the use of the PORCELANOSA Group’s Premium collections.
The efforts made by the Company in terms of innovation and sustainability have allowed its products to be seen and used differently in this project, with their exclusive nature being a key asset.
Consisting of interconnected common and private areas, the Ikon complex combines grandeur and minimalism through the use of warm materials such as Porcelanosa’s ceramic wood and natural wood by L’Antic Colonial, Gamadecor’s kitchens, bathroom fittings by Noken and Gamadecor and technical solutions by Butech (all companies belonging to the Porcelanosa Group). The materials chosen specially for this project demonstrate the PORCELANOSA Group’s commitment to the architect and his inclusive vision.
The search for light and rationality is characteristic of much of Bofill’s work, as can be seen in some of his outstanding projects. They include La Muralla Roja (Calpe), the Walden 7 building (San Just Desvern, Barcelona), Terminal 2 at Barcelona Airport, Teatro Nacional de Cataluña, the Dearbon Center (Chicago) and the La Porte twin towers (Luxembourg).
Understanding architecture as the art of organising space in order to understand today’s world and human nature, Ricardo Bofill (Barcelona, 1939) uses a careful, realistic language with solids and voids as complementary planes. The need to express the hidden order of things with sophisticated proportions and contrasting volumes stems from this approach. These are two concepts with which he recovers the social culture of cities, based on local features and formal abstraction.
It is this global geometric vision that he employs in Torre Ikon, with an architectural vocabulary that enriches life and design in Valencia with common areas (a gym, a swimming pool with a solarium, a gourmet area and a Mediterranean garden), turning the resident into a citizen who is actively involved in the public and town-planning policies of his area.
Photography: Kronos Investment Group