The labyrinth Home of Xavier Corbero

On a quiet road in the town of Esplugues de Llobregat, named for the labyrinths of man made caves below, is the home of renowned Catalan sculptor Xavier Corbero.

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Photographer: Daniel Riera

A labyrinth of nine vine-wrapped structures sit beyond the medieval stonewalls of Catalan artist Xavier Corbero’s 108 000 square foot estate in Barcelona. Corbrero bought the dilapidated property over four decades ago and has drawn inspiration from the surrounding landscape over the project’s 40-year evolution. The nine structures make up studios, guests chambers, galleries, underground workshops, a foundry and living spaces.

Corbero lives in the main structure featuring an impressive six-story glass atrium known as ‘The Tower.’ Filled with an eclectic mix of furniture and art from different periods, including vintage Chinese beds and screens, Middle Eastern rugs, Biedermeier chairs, elephant tusks, Le Corbusier chaise lounges and Louis Vuitton suitcases. “I buy what interests me and stirs my soul. What I tried to do here is make something that is not boring,” Corbero says of the collection. “You must leave things open so the person enjoys or looks. I feel that when people look at a piece of art they become artists, they see what they see, not what there is. That’s what I like to do,” says Corberó.

The estate houses Corbero’s own massive works, mostly in his signature materials of basalt and polished marble. Perhaps the most influential and internationally recognised Catalonian artist since Antoni Gaudi, Corbero’s works are featured in museums around the work including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Perhaps inspired by Corbero’s friendship with Salvador Dali, the house a surrealist aesthetic.

“Sometimes they ask me what I wanted to do when I began this structure. What I try to do does not stem from reason,” says Corbero, “What I always attempt to do is poetry.”