We all have our own ideas of what constitutes as the perfect home. Whether it’s your classic farm house or a home with a sleek modern look, there’s something out there for everyone.
For Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, home was found in an abandoned cement factory.
Bofill stumbled upon the World War I-era cement factory outside of Barcelona almost 45 years ago when he first realized it’s incredible potential. The industrial factory shut down due to its pollutive emissions.
When Bofill looked at it, he saw what would one day be his home.
He and his team bought the structure and named the remodeling project La fábrica, which appropriately means “factory.”
With years of creative thinking and partial deconstruction, Bofill and his team were able to produce a structure that was a giant improvement from what the deteriorating factory had been.
In a nod towards making up for the hazardous pollution that the factory was originally emitting, Bofill transformed the tops of the smoke stacks into gardens.
The home is now surrounded by lush vegetation. Aside from grass, eucalyptus, palm and olive trees can be found on the property.
The exterior of the home really plays up to the “romantic ruins” look that Bofill was inspired by. There are multiple places to rest or entertain outside the house as well as inside.
Upon entering the home, there is no way to not be completely enthralled by the look of the remodeled rooms.
It’s actually kind of hard to believe that this was once an abandoned cement factory.
No two rooms look alike. Each one has its own special purpose.
For example, Bofill describes the dining room that can be found on the ground floor as a “meeting point for the family.”
The natural light that pours through the home is absolutely incredible. It adds a softness to the hard history of the structure.
In addition to being his home and place of leisure, Bofill and his team also use certain rooms as studio space for his architecture business. We’re going to guess that doing work somewhere this beautiful wouldn’t really be all that bad.
How could you not be inspired in such a refreshing, creative space?
It’s been nearly 45 years since Bofill and his team began working on La fábrica, and although it is now a space that is livable and workable, it still is not completely done.
La fábrica will always be a work in progress. Bofill says that the project–like his life–is a constant evolution of creative visions.
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We cannot imagine how Bofill could make La fábrica look anymore enchanting than it already does, but we’re excited to see what he comes up with.
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