In 1973, architect Ricardo Bofill stumbled upon an abandoned cement factory outside of Barcelona. This discovery would change his life, as the company, known as La Fabrica, became the center of his professional and domestic life. Over the years, space has undergone a continual transformation that both respects its legacy and quietly transforms it.
With 30 silos, a smoke stack, cavernous machine rooms, and 2.5 miles of underground tunnels, it’s no wonder La Fabrica is a project that will remain transformed, but unfinished. Bofill first spent a year and a half deconstructing the space. He has turned the large 32,000-square-foot space into living quarters and an architecture studio.
The factory was originally built during Catalonia’s post-WWII industrial revolution. With each passing year, renovations took place to accommodate new industry processes. The result was a hodge-podge of architectural styles. It needed to be stripped back.