Architect Turns WWI-Era Cement Factory Into His Home, And It’s Absolutely Breathtaking

At the age of 34, Ricardo Bofill stumbled upon a dilapidated cement factory in 1973. He immediately saw a world of possibilities, and so, La fábrica was born. Almost 45 years later, the structure has been completely transformed into a spectacular and unique home that crosses a brutalist vision, with a romantic vision.

The cement factory, which is the oldest one in Spain, with the tallest chimney, was once a pollution machine dating back to the first period of the industrialization of Catalonia. The factory was polluting the environment and it was listed to be demolished. Ricardo, however, had other plans; he wanted it to become an example of a transformation of use, the use of a cement factory to a place to live and work. When Ricardo and his team purchased it, the factory was a ruin that had to be completely restructured and remade. But after years of partial deconstruction, the determined architect has finally completed his vision by transforming the useless building that once filled the air with smoke into a modern work and living space that is now filled with lush greenery. A fine example of how creative thinking can result in beautiful transformation.

In 1973, Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill purchased a WWI-era cement factory near Barcelona

He immediately saw potential in the building and began renovating it into his home

After years of partial deconstruction, his team proceeded to furnish the interior as a modern living space

The exterior was laced with vegetation, and now overflows with lush greenery

The structure has been completely transformed into a spectacular and unique home

“The Cement Factory is a place of work par excellence” Bofill writes on his official website

Each room is designed with its own special purpose, and no two look quite alike

“I have the impression of living… in a closed universe which protects me from the outside and everyday life” Bofill writes

“Life goes on here in a continuous sequence, with very little difference between work and leisure”

A variety of indoor and outdoor relaxation spots can be found throughout the property

Workspace is also a crucial component here, as Bofill’s team uses part of the residence as a studio

The exterior is mostly covered by grass, but also eucalyptus, palm, and olive trees

This gives the building a “mysterious aspect of romantic ruin that makes it unique and unrepeatable”

“The kitchen-dining room located in the ground floor is the meeting point for the family”

Despite its incredible transformation, the factory is still a work in progress to this day

Bufill likens the project’s constant evolution to his own lifestyle and creative visions

La fábrica will always have further work to be done, which is part of its symbolic charm

With enough creative thinking, any space can become something new and beautiful