Ricardo Bofill’s Cement Factory

The Cement Factory was discovered in 1973, it was an abandoned cement factory and partially in ruins, comprised of over 30 silos, underground galleries and huge engine rooms; Ricardo Bofill bought it and began renovation works.  He identified the program; The Cement Factory was to be used as architectural offices, archives, a model laboratory, and exhibition space, an apartment for him, as well as guest rooms and gardens.  He defined the space by demolishing certain structures, cleaning cement, exposing previously concealed structures and creating the landscape architecture by planting various plants such as eucalyptus, palms, olive trees and cypresses; renovation works lasted nearly two years.

Bofill used a wide repertoire of fantastic as well as surreal architectural situations, knowing how to integrate existing industrial features within the new domestic landscape.

Doubtless, it is a magic project; an example that rehabilitation and reuse force us to recognize and extract the best of the existing in order to turn it into a new and moving experience.

(photos via Yatzer)