An Abandoned Cement Factory Converted Into A Four-Storey Home

This property proves that you should never judge a book by its cover

Photography: (LA FÁBRICA – READ)

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you see an old building? For most people, it is the perfect setting for a horror movie waiting to happen, but for renowned architect Ricardo Bofill, it could be a lot more than that. 

Ricardo stumbled upon an abandoned cement factory in 1973 and instantly thought he can turn it into an amazing home. While exploring the place, he imagined everything he wanted to do to bring it back to life—from the remodeling to the styling of the space.

After over 40 years of hard work, Ricardo finally accomplished his project and gave the well-loved structure a new purpose. It now houses a studio, a library, a small cathedral, a sprawling garden, and a flat that is reserved for himself. He also decided to convert the old silos into offices for Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitecture (RBTA) which are connected to the main structure by a spiral staircase. Meanwhile, the old factory hall—with high ceilings measuring up to 10 meters—has become a combined conference and exhibit room. 

Ricardo says he is nowhere near done with improving La Fabrica and that it is all about constant evolution. He also says he has a few improvement projects and design tweaks lined up for this year that everyone should watch for. 


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