How many times has this happened to you: You buy an old cement factory outside of Barcelona, Spain, but whatever shall you do with it? Well, if you’re the owner of this particular old cement factory outside of Barcelona, you turn into one smashing private residence.
Architect Ricardo Bofill purchased the WWI-era cement factory back in the 70s and has spent the last 44 years making it into the architectural masterpiece of epic proportions Bofill has christened “La fábrica.”
Mixing equal parts Royal Palace of Oz and the Mother of all Soho Lofts, Bofill keeps some of the factory’s most striking features, such as the huge cement funnels. Instead of getting rid of or disguising them, Bofill embraces them and makes them part of the main living room. The exterior of the factory has been given over to nature in some places and meticulously manicured and landscaped in others, giving the property a lush tropical appeal.
Apologies for the fact that it’s not related to the Hudson Valley/Catskills. Regardless, this is just the type of thing we love and take inspiration from, so let’s feast our eyes on some interior photos and dream of fixing up our own abandoned cement factory someday…
Want more? Check out the story behind the on-going renovation and photo galleries on ricardobofill.com.