Conceived as a contemporary fortress, the Muralla Roja is one of Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill’s masterpieces. Built in 1973, the building has 50 apartments. Perched atop the coastal cliffs of Calp in the Spanish province of Alicante, the building overlooks el Peñon de Ifach, a steep, 1,073-foot-high rock. The contemporary pastel-colored labyrinth was inspired by Arab and Mediterranean architecture. Graphic and geometric, this constructivist work in bold pink contrasts with the blues of the Mediterranean and the often-cloudless skies of southern Spain.
La Maison Rose (Paris, France)
Maison Rose, on the corner of rue des Saules and rue de l’Abreuvoir in Paris, was purchased in 1850 by Spanish painter Ramon Pichot, a friend of Picasso and a mentor to Dalí. Later, restaurateur Beatrice Miolano bought the property in 1948, and hew grandson still own the establishment today. A haven for artists in the 1950s, the little house was a typically French restaurant in the heart of Montmartre. Picturesque in appearance, Maurice Utrillo used it as a subject for a number of his paintings, and it has attracted visitors from all over the world ever since including Emily, of Emily in Paris, who dines here with her friend Mindy.