In a time when sustainability, organic, social responsibility are buzz words that we read in the headlines everywhere, Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill takes these words and makes them a reality with his gorgeous repurposing of a cement factory into his home just outside of Barcelona.
Bofill discovered the World War I era cement factory about 45 years ago - when it was closed down due to its pollutive emissions. Upon discovering the abandoned building, Bofill envisioned what was to become a gorgeous home that to this day is still a work-in-progress.
Upon seeing the immense potential in the structure, Bofill and his team purchased the structure and named the remodeling project La fábrica, which appropriately means “the factory.”
Together, with his team, Bofill was able to produce a structure that was a massive improvement over what the deteriorating factory had ever been.
In response to the immensely negative environmental impact that the factory had when it was running, Bofill decided to turn the tops of the smoke stacks into roof gardens.
The whole structure itself is covered with and surrounded by lush vegetation, including: palm, eucalyptus and olive trees.
Bofill plays off of the idea of "romantic ruins" - the state in which he discovered the structure. Vines cover many of the structural walls - and outdoor spaces seamlessly merge into indoor spaces. In fact, there are many spaces for entertaining both outside and inside the house.
Upon entering the house, it is difficult to imagine that it was ever an abandoned factory.
Bofill and his team put immense effort and creativity into the remodel, and no two rooms look alike.
Each room's aesthetic was developed to reflect the purpose of that space.
Bofill shares that the dining room, for example, is the central meeting space for his family.
Bofill and his team expertly remodeled the structure to take advantage of natural light - the placement of windows throughout the house allow for a lot of light to pour in and soften the potentially harsh looking industrial structure.
The structure is so large, that in addition to being a home and place of leisure, it also houses several spaces that serve as studio spaces for his architectural firm.
While the project of La fábrica started over 45 years ago, it is still very much incomplete.
According to Bofill, La fábrica will always be a work in progress, saying that just as his life–is a constant evolution of creative visions, so too is La fábrica.
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