The famous architect and high representative of post-modernism, Ricardo Bofill, has made possible the impossible by growing up flowers, trees and gardens from concrete. His architecture studio in Barcelona, called Taller de Arquitectura, is one of the most famous: a task force of architects, sociologists and designers made several of the most outstanding buildings of the world. The headquarter of the architectural firm and Bofill’s private residence lay in a peculiar place: an abandoned concrete factory, that Bofill has completely renewed, transforming it in into surreal building, La Fabrica.
In order to transform a factory of concrete into an architecture studio and private residence, Ricardo Bofill needed several years… and he feels the project has not finished yet! The “journey” started in 1973, when the Spanish architect visited this incredible place: stairs that leeded nowhere, underground tunnels and huge silos interlacing themselves giving birth to an infinite net, a labyrinth.
The project started with the demolition: a big part of the factory was destroyed and new structures that were hidden until that moment emerged from the concrete. This gave the building a complete new and unique profile. After that, the re-definition of spaces took place: the silos have been turned into offices; workshops into conference halls and auditoriums; chimneys converted into gardens, without forgetting to glorify the main character of this play: rough concrete. This material is always present in every corner of the Taller de Arquitectura, connecting spaces between them, and keeping alive the link with the history of the building.
The final result of Bofill’s work is a surreal building, that reminds us to an abandoned gothic cathedral in which, like in a romantic painting, the power of nature has overcome the artificial building.