An industrial complex becomes an architectural marvel.
Outside of Barcelona sits a former cement factory that has been transformed into a striking architects' studio by Ricardo Bofill and his team.
Bofill found the dilapidated factory in 1973, according to Bored Panda. The factory, which had been constructed in the early 1900s, was not a single structure, but instead an industrial complex of more than 30 silos, underground galleries, and giant machine rooms that were added on in fits and starts.
“The abandoned and half-ruined factory was a magic box of wonderful, surrealist elements: stairs that led nowhere, imposing structures in reinforced concrete supporting nothing, enormous heavy forms in iron and concrete left hanging in midair, huge empty spaces of unlikely proportions suggesting abstractions of space and its limits,” according to Taller de Arquitectura.
To create the structure that stands today, the architect embarked on a process of destruction and reconstruction.
Bofill says La Fábrica is an ongoing project.