Daily Dose: Bofill’s Cement Factory

Add to TwitterWhenever I think about designing or building my own home, it’s not with an existing structure in mind. After looking at Ricardo Bofill’s adaptive reuse of an abandoned cement factory, however, I believe it’s time for me to make a mental shift.

Bofill, a Spanish architect, discovered the Barcelona factory in 1973 and decided its vast expanses would do nicely as his personal offices, archives, library and living space. After two years of extensive demolition and renovation, he was left with eight concrete silos, the largest of which served as a cultural area for Bofill’s future exhibitions, lectures and concerts. The images below document various parts of the former cement factory.

The "Cathedral", cultural center

The "Cathedral", cultural center







As anxiety-relieving as that first wash of color on an untouched canvas can be for an artist, I would imagine an existing building structure could be for an architect. At the very least, starting with something tangible takes a bit of the guesswork out of my daydreaming house plans.

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