When the architect Ricardo Bofill bought an old, disused cement plant in Barcelona, later on famous as “the cement plant”, he most likely didn’t know what the final renovation work would have looked like. However, in just two years time, Bofill succeeded in transforming it in a  complete different space, becoming now a comfortable and modern dwelling. Inside this little architectural oasis, with a 3,000 square meters (32,000 square feet) total area, there are now offices for at least 40 architects.

Before renovating the structure there were more than 30 silos. The designer/owner did a massive renewal of the entire space but decided to keep only few of the original structures. In fact they demolished some of the unnecessary buildings to create what it was his aesthetics goal. The building has been rethought even in terms of materials: marble and hardwood floors, modern lights, unique bathroom decors, thin arched windows and very high ceilings that bring back memories of its primary origin as an industrial factory.

This way, the new place embodies different architectural styles, a cultured language in opposition to the one of the surrounding countryside. The majestic research behind its windows, doors, stairs and their false perspectives applied to outdoor and indoor walls. Little by little, thanks to the aid of Catalans craftsmen, the factory has eventually turned into a modern unique building with a very original design.

Below: view of the courtyard

Below: indoor space, here an office build amongst old silos

Below: Grand Piano and two chairs

Below: the conference room

Below:  view of the living room

Below: from the outdoor

Below: windows in one of the living rooms

Below: many surfaces are covered with green

Below:lots of concrete spots have been left raw

Below: some others have been plastered

Below: another living room

Below: one of the bathrooms

Below: the kitchen table

Below: another view of the outside

Below: what the factory was like before the renovation

Below: the project

Matteo Rubboli

I am a publisher specialised in the digital distribution of culture and founder of the portal Vanilla Magazine. I don't wear a tie or branded clothes, I keep my hair short so I don't have to comb it. That's not my fault but just the way I've been drawn as...

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