Man Turns Empty Cement Factory Into The Most Magical Home


Ricardo Bofill knows a thing or two about home improvement.

The Spanish architect has spent decades converting an old cement factory outside Barcelona into the airy, plant-covered home of his dreams. Inside and out, the complex is nothing short of stunning:

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Bofill’s converted home is called La Fabrica, or the factory.

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When Bofill purchased the factory, its massive silos were still full of cement.

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Gardens cover much of the spare space between buildings.

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Light streams into the main living room through rows of arched windows.

After purchasing the factory, Bofill and his team emptied its silos, knocked down some walls and planted plenty of greenery. Then, they got to work transforming the complex’s decrepit interior into a home and workspace.

Their masterpiece includes a living room, kitchen, conference room, underground galleries and a studio that spans four floors connected by a spiral staircase. Plants spill over the walls to create rooftop oases and ground-level gardens galore.

Bofill says his life feels more seamless in his converted factory than anywhere else.

“I have the impression of living in a precinct, in a closed universe which protects me from the outside and everyday life,” he wrote on the project’s website. “…Life goes on here in a continuous sequence, with very little difference between work and leisure.”

With a workspace THIS beautiful, we can see how that’s the case. 

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New skylights have been added into the factory’s stairwells.

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Bofill’s architecture team works from the complex, in a studio complete with a workshop and archive rooms.

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A perfect cube, the main living room is meant to look orderly.

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The factory itself is from the World War I era. Bofill first visited in 1973. 

While his mega-home is impressive, Bofill says it will never be complete. He and his team will continue to tinker with the layout and prove that even old spaces can take on new life with a little care.

“Slowly, with the valuable help of Catalan craftsmen, the Cement Factory was transformed,” Bofill wrote, “but it will always remain an unfinished work.”

We can’t wait to see what’s next. Check out more images below: 

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Originally, the factory was built piece by piece as new elements became necessary for business.

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Today, Bofill’s team works under the factory silos.

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Eucalyptus, palm, olive and prune trees cover the property.

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Oh, to live in a cement factory!



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