La fábrica: when an Architect moves into an Old Cement Factory

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Back in 1973, architect Ricardo Bofill discovered a dilapidated cement factory outside Barcelona. And after nearly 45 years of work, he has completely transformed the home into an industrial-chic wonderland, dubbed La fábrica.
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Bofill’s first goal was to return the polluted factory to nature, covering the exterior of the property with vegetation. Inside the home is sleek, modern and expansive.
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“I have the impression of living in a closed universe, which shields me from the outside and everyday life. The Cement Factory is a place of work par excellence. Life goes on here with very little difference between work and leisure.”
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In the time since, he and his staff have transformed La Fábrica into a spectacular modern castle. They laced the exterior with lush greenery, and turned the inside into a living and work space where Bofill’s home and studio are now located.
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 “Presently I live and work here better than anywhere else,” says Bofill. “It is for me the only place where I can concentrate, associate ideas in the most abstract manner, and finally, create projects, images and new spaces, and constitute a specific vocabulary for my architecture.”
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If you find yourself in northern Spain, the castle is definitely worth visiting. You can wander through the gardens, view the exhibition space and take some incredible photos.