La Fabrica is a disused cement factory that Ricardo Bofill found in the early seventies near Barcelona. He transformed the whole building into offices, archives, a library, spaces for exhibitions and cultural events. It is impressive to walk through this concrete industrial complex consisting of huge spaces and endless garden. Remnants of cement were cleaned up and hidden elements were exposed to keep the industrial aspect and original features. You still see elements of its former use kept in a surrealist way: staircases that go to nowhere, enormous silos hanging from the ceiling. The building is sculpted into living areas like a piece of art.
“To be an architect means to understand space, to understand space organized by man, to decipher the spontaneous movements and behavior of people, and to detect the needs of change that they might unconsciously express. It is essential to track down these issues if we want to contribute with our personal work to the history of architecture.” Ricardo Bofill
Archdaily: 'The Factory - Ricardo Bofill'.