Xavier Corberó i Olivella is a Catalan artist and sculptor; his style characterizes sculpture, installation and spaces – even the construction of his home, which has remained a work in progress for decades.
Since acquiring the land in 1968, Corberó has been building his ‘casa sublim’ – situated in Esplugues, a municipality in the suburbs of Barcelona. Today evolved into a union of nine interconnected structures and courtyards, it’s spread over 3600sqm. The architectures with their staircases overlay, reminding the work of Escher – clearly influenced also by his surrealist friend Salvador Dalì. Arched and Octagonal windows play with the natural light that irradiates studios, living spaces, ten bedrooms and bathrooms. The building reveals itself as a monumental exploration of architectural possibilities, but also a meditation on the artist’s process of work. About the construction of his home, Corberó explains, “I use reason to build things up so they don’t fall to pieces. But the motives behind all the rest are aesthetic, ethic, and if you will, divine.” The series has been created by the photographer Salva López for the Wall Street Journal.
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