When Ricardo Bofill stumbled upon a dilapidated cement factory in 1973, he immediately saw a world of possibilities.
La fábrica was born, and almost 45 years later, the old cement factory structure has been completely transformed. It is now a spectacular and unique home.
The factory is located just outside of Barcelona and was a WWI-era pollution machine that had closed down. It was badly in need of repairs when Ricardo Bofill and his team purchased it.
After years of partial deconstruction, Ricardo spruced up the exterior of the property with vegetation. He then furnished the interior as a modern living and work space. The factory lies directly next to Walden 7, in Sant Just Desvern, Spain.
The remaining eight silos were transformed into offices, a model-making laboratory, archives, a library, a gigantic space known as “The Cathedral”, used for meetings, exhibitions, concerts, and Ricardo’s professional activities.
Above the Cathedral lie Ricardo’s personal residence. It also contains green roofs and terraces. The entire complex was planted with lush gardens to create the effect of an oasis within the industrial area.
The renovation project, which began in 1973, incorporates various architectural languages; Catalan Civic Gothic style and Surrealist elements and is an early example of European Post Modernism.
La fábrica is a work in progress to this day. Bofill likens it to his own life, as his visions for the future continue to change shape. The industrial chimneys that once filled the air with smoke now overflow with lush greenery. A truly fine example of the beautiful transformations that result from creative thinking.
What a truly remarkable work of art!