A Stunning Spanish Home in a Former Cement Factory

A Stunning Spanish Home in a Former Cement Factory

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Kenya Foy
Mar 5, 2017

When it comes to describing our ultimate dream home, we'd gladly leave the words cement and factory beneath a pile of rubble in our imaginary construction plans. But as it turns out, taking up residence in an industrial space isn't actually that drab of a concept, especially if you're the owner of this former cement factory turned stunning home.

Dubbed La fábrica, the Barcelona factory-turned-gorgeous private residence belongs to Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, who saw vast potential in the deserted, run-down structure when he first encountered it in 1973.

Enchanted by the World War I structural elements of surrealism, abstraction and brutalism, Bofill purchased the closed down factory and then enlisted the help of his team to begin an ambitious transformation that began with a carefully executed deconstruction process.

Divided into a garden, studio, cathedral and residence, La fábrica's lively exterior is covered in lush vegetation. The studio houses Bofill's minimalist office, which has a direct view of the garden. The cathedral incorporated the recycled cement from the original structure to create an exhibition and conference room. Meanwhile, the residence features a kitchen-dining room, as well as a vast main living room that Bofill describes as "domestic, monumental, brutalist and conceptual."

As perfect as La fábrica sounds, construction isn't complete just yet—but that's by design. Bofill intends for future creative changes to his residence to coincide with his life's progression.

Overall, Bofill's poetic recounting of the former factory makes it sounds like one of the most beautiful and inspiring workspaces ever:

Presently I live and work here better than anywhere else. It is for me the only place where I can concentrate and associate ideas in the most abstract manner. I have the impression of living in a precinct, in a closed universe which protects me from the outside and everyday life. The Cement Factory is a place of work par excellence. Life goes on here in a continuous sequence, with very little difference between work and leisure.

We should all be so lucky.

h/t Bored Panda

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