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Looking to build the home of his dreams, #Catalan artist #XavierCorberó began acquiring land outside his native #Barcelona in 1968. Today, he has a home that is some 48,000 square feet spread over nine interconnected buildings with about a dozen courtyards—all nestled among more than 300 archways. And he is still building. “I like things that look like they’ve always been there,” says Mr. Corberó, whose paintings and sculptures can be found in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. in private collections, public spaces and art galleries.
Mr. Corberó's wish was to create a home that would be an expression of his own work and a haven for other artists. He has hosted a number of artists at the estate over the years. Salvador Dali, he says, was one of the earliest buyers of his work, and became a friend and frequent visitor.
The artist has spent much of his life abroad in Switzerland, the U.K. and New York City, where he moved in 1960. He divided his time between the U.S. and Spain until last year, when he moved permanently into the home. He started building in 1968 when he purchased a former potato farm. Over the years, Mr. Corberó has constructed buildings that vary from two to five stories. The most recent addition, still under construction, has three levels of rooms connected by archways.
A Sculptor’s #Labyrinthine Home, Still a Work in Progress
Looking to build the home of his dreams, Catalan #artist Xavier Corberó began acquiring land outside his native Barcelona in 1968. Today, he has a #home that is some 48,000 square feet spread over nine interconnected buildings with about a dozen courtyards—all nestled among more than 300 archways. And he is still building.Story byBrookeAnderson Photography by #SalvaLópez for #TheWallStreetJournal #excentric #personalarchiveofgenius #architecture