In 1973, an architect named Ricardo Bofill encountered a dilapidated cement factory. Along with his team, Bofill was struck with the possibilities of how it might be renovated… He wrote on his website:
“We found enormous silos, a tall smoke snack, four kilometres of underground tunnels, machine rooms in good shape…”
Nearly 45 years later, the structure has been completely transformed into a spectacular home and work space which the architect calls La fábrica. Based just outside of Barcelona, Spain, the cement factory was previously a WWI-era pollution machine.
Bofill and his teach purchased the plant and got busy renovating it. Not only is the interior so entrancing it will take your breath away, the exterior is covered with luscious, green vegetation.
To this day, La fábrica remains a work in progress. However, Bofill is in no hurry to finish its restoration, as he finds great joy in conceptualizing new ideas then acting on them. He writes,
“Presently I live and work here better than anywhere else. It is for me the only place where I can concentrate and associate ideas in the most abstract manner.
I have the impression of living in a precinct, in a closed universe which protects me from the outside and everyday life. The Cement Factory is a place of work par excellence. Life goes on here in a continuous sequence, with very little difference between work and leisure.
I have the impression of living in the same environment that propelled the Industrial Revolution in Catalonia.”
Learn more by visiting his website.
Following are some photos of La fábrica, which are guaranteed to take your breath away:
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