LA FÁBRICA

Ricardo Bofill. You may not have heard his name, but you have probably seen some of his buildings.

In 1973 Ricardo Bofill and his team found a disused cement factory, an industrial complex from the turn of the century consisting of over 30 silos, subterranean galleries and huge machine rooms.

The old WWI factory was in its day not built as a whole, but as a series of additions and the ruins housed surrealist elements, like paradoxical stairs that led to nowhere, huge and useless spaces and brutalist treatment of materials.

Bofill was Seduced by the contradictions and the ambiguity of the place and quickly decided to retain the factory, modifying its original brutality and sculpt it like a work of art.

The final result ended up being Bofills home and still is today, located in the outskirts of Barcelona.

Bofill never ceases to renew his home and has for the past forty years kept enlarging and embellishing its spaces as he is writing the history of his life, a biography in constant evolution.

The site, now largely covered with grass, is bordered by groups of eucalyptus, palms, olive and prune tree, mimosas, and climbing plants that wrap the exposed concrete walls, giving the building this mysterious aspect of romantic ruin that makes it unique and unrepeatable.

In the upper part of the factory Ricardo Bofill transformed a huge volume of brute cement into the main living room.

The kitchen-dining room located in the ground floor is the meeting point for the family. In the middle of the room, a white marble rectangular table supported on ironwork legs surrounded with Thonet chairs, seat and backrest with wickerwork. Two-sided fireplaces designed by the architect Oscar Tusquets, add warmth, charm, and ambience to the room.

Total floor area: 3,100 m2 and gardens
House area: 500 m2
Completed: Work in progress