Ricardo Bofill, an eminent architect unexpectedly came upon a deserted cement factory in 1973. This fabulous building on the outskirts of Barcelona, well-known as La Fabrica, brought a big change in his private as well as professional life. In order to keep the essential beauty of the building but to adapt it according to his needs, Bofill spent more than a year in reconstructing this giant beauty. Turning this colossal building into pleasant living space and a working studio was a great challenge.
La Fabrica was a product of the industrial revolution in Catalonia. Its main purpose was to support the upcoming industrial developments. The outcome was a wide palette of the various architectural styles that desperately cried for some order.
As time goes by, La Fabrica intertwines with nature in unhurriedly but sure steps. The boundary between surroundings and industry is hardly visible. Once just a common, dark cement factory, La Fabrica becomes an amazing masterpiece full of light and life.
La Fabrica, once an ordinary cement factory, is a magnificent architectural masterpiece in constant renewal.
Bofill literally peeled the old coverings of the factory in order to reconstruct the place. By peeling back the layers of the building, Bofill was able to build up again. By the time, he created broad and comfortable bedrooms, living rooms, libraries and luxurious gardens.
Bofill said: “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.”
The object consists of four main parts – living space, gardens, architectural working studio and exhibition area. Bofill fancies La Fabrica as his life masterpiece. “The factory is a magic place which strange atmosphere is difficult to be perceived by a profane eye. I like the life to be perfectly programmed here, ritualized, in total contrast with my turbulent nomad life.”
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