Jan 14, 2010
Ricardo Bofill is a Spanish Architect who was born in Barcelona and studied at the School of Architecture in Geneva, Switzerland. Son of an architect, Ricardo worked with his father until 1963, when he founded ‘Taller de Arquitectura’, a multi-disciplinary studio, which included other environmental and design professionals as well as architects, engineers, sociologists and philosophers.
Bofill's early work falls within the Neo-Expressionism and Neo-Realism of the Barcelona School. The style of his building are something awesome. A mix of textures, forms, materials and impressions. From the sixties until today he has accomplished constructions that stand out and have it's own style.
The project we will show here, The Cement Factory, is a place Ricardo Bofill discovered in 1973. The factory was part of an industrial complex from the turn of the century, comprising over 30 silos, underground galleries and huge engine rooms. Remodeling work lasted two years. The factory, abandoned and partially in ruins, was a compendium of surrealist elements—stairs that climbed up to nowhere, mighty reinforced concrete structures that sustained nothing, pieces of iron hanging in the air; in short, huge empty spaces filled nonetheless with magic. The complex stands in the midst of gardens of eucalyptus, palms, olive trees and cypresses. It also features Ricardo Bofill’s house and guest rooms.
This place is really amazing... a loft full of style, great design/architectural elements and the part that I liked most, it has enormous spaces, windows and a stunning light quality. This is for sure a place I would live and work in!! I hope you enjoy. :)
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.
The spirit of research and investigation has been one of the continuous elements that has kept the team going for more than 40 years. The team's quest for creativity is a process through a maximum freedom and independence. This spirit is present in "the old cement factory".
Check out further great projects from Ricardo Bofill and his group at ricardobofill.com.