Magic in the factory

Ricardo Bofill was born in Barcelona and studied at the School of Architecture in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1963 he founded a group formed by architects, engineers, sociologists and philosophers, creating the basis for what today is the ‘Taller de Arquitectura’ (Architectural Workshop).
In 1973 he discovered a cement factory, part of an industrial complex from the turn of the century, which he decided to transform into his office and living space. The remodeling work lasted two years to achieve this impressive project that no one but him could have ever done.
The factory, abandoned and partly in ruins, was a compendium of surrealist elements like stairs that climbed up to nowhere, mighty reinforced concrete structures that sustained nothing, pieces of iron hanging in the air.
“The factory is a magic place which strange atmosphere is difficult to be perceived by a profane eye. I like the life to be perfectly programmed here, ritualized, in total contrast with my turbulent nomad life.”
(source and pictures:Ricardo Bofill)