When Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill stumbled upon an abandoned cement factory in 1973, he saw opportunity in the ruins. Then, la fábrica was born, and approximately 45 years later, the structure has been turned into a spectacular and extraordinary home.
The factory, situated outside of Barcelona, was a WWI-era pollution machine which had closed down and this came with many repairs to be done when Ricardo Bofill and his team purchased it. After some years of partial deconstruction, the determined architect laced the exterior of the property with vegetation and furnished the interior as a modern living and workspace.
To this day, la fábrica is a work in progress, to which Bofill likens his life, as his visions for the future still change shape. The industrial chimneys which once filled the air with smoke now overflow with lush greenery, an excellent example of the fascinating transformations which result from creative thinking.
Every room is treated like a work of art, with carefully selected furnishings that allude to the site’s history. “I have the impression of living in a precinct, in a closed universe which protects me from the outside and everyday life,” said Bofill.