Barcelona: Cement Factory

Architect Ricardo Bofill had a vision. He bought this abandoned cement factory in Barcelona, Spain, comprised of 30 silos, underground galleries and huge engine rooms. Though the project was completed in 1975, we recently stumbled across the surreal space which serves as Bofill’s architectural offices /archives /model laboratory /exhibition space /apartment /guest rooms /gardens (wow, that was a mouthful) and felt a need to share. He identified his renovation program as “The Cement Factory”, which to this day he claims is the only place he can concentrate and create his most abstract ideas. Have a look:

“To be an architect means to understand space, to understand space organized by man, to decipher the spontaneous movements and behavior of people, and to detect the needs of change that they might unconsciously express. It is essential to track down these issues if we want to contribute with our personal work to the history of architecture.” Ricardo Bofill


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