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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.