February 6, 2014

47 Photos of the Most Awesome Adaptation of Old Factory into Living Space

When I saw this awesome adaptation I got speechless. You know already, I wouldn’t take you for a time wasting  journey. So make sure you have something to drink in your mug, get more comfortable on your seat, give me your hand and let’s go and let’s spend few minutes with Ricardo Bofill the modern Spanish architect. 

What you need to know about the project - this is the renovation of 19th century cement factory in Barcelona (Spain), from demolished factory into lush personal residence, working and exhibition space.   

What’s most interesting to us, garden freaks, is the fab idea how to combine greenery with fantastic various architectural languages (Catalan civic gothic style, surrealist elements and early European post modernism), because even more stunning than the inside is the immense and beautiful gardens surround the entire area.

Just have a look how green roofs, terraces and trailing plants are complementing the amazing space created by mysterious mind of Ricardo Bofill. This is always mysterious how somebody can see the potential in falling apart, demolished concrete, right? 

The renovation began in 1973, the total floor area is over 3,100 square meters, the original industrial complex included over 30 silos, huge machine rooms and underground structures.

Just have a look by yourself, but keep my hand, cos we are not done yet, okay?

First planting appears. 

Ricardo Bofill said: “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.”

Thank you for the journey! 

Recommended further reading The Story of Buildings: From the Pyramids to the Sydney Opera House and Beyond