The Factory, located in Sant Just Desvern, Spain, was discovered and redesigned by Ricardo Bofill. What started off as a cement factory containing over 30 silos, underground galleries, and large engine rooms was in 1975 transformed into an exquisite home and office. The complex now contains a modelling laboratory, a library, a projection room and offices which were built in the remaining eight silos. There is also a large space named ‘The Cathedral’, which is used for exhibitions, lectures, concerts, and other such activities which are linked to Bofill’s personal life.
“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, ritualised, in total contrast with my turbulent nomad life.” – Ricardo Bofill
White sofas and long curtains which fall down the 11m-high walls create a relaxed feel, which is essential when your workplace is also your house. Due to the areas provided by the original structure, the tall spaces allow for the interior to be utilized in a way that emphasizes the spaciousness of each room. What once was an abandoned cement factory is now the headquarters for Ricardo Bofill’s architecture firm, and also his family home.