factory mega house and studio

“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.
Let’s go back to a project that was completed in 1975. Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill bought an abandoned cement factory (!!!) in Barcelona and turned it into his residence and the studio for his company. It’s amazing, and it looks like it was completed yesterday! I love that he was very respectful of the volumes and the existing architecture, which at times is a lot taller than it is wider. There are cubic rooms, underground rooms and incredibly tall rooms as well. These existing shapes defined the program that went into them. The 6 silos turned into the studio, The exhibition space is what they like to call “the cathedral,” originally one of the main production rooms. I think one of the unique things about these lofty spaces is the breathtaking natural light. We’re not used to being in spaces that are so oddly shaped, so I believe the effect of the light is quite different in them.

Renovation only took 2 years to complete, but Bofill also managed to recuperate the entire landscape that used to be the cement yard. It now looks like some kind of enchanted Babylonian creation. Check out the video at the end of the post, where Ricardo Bofill Jr. talks about working and living in the space.

Photos via Yatzer

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