This cement factory sat disused, towering over Barcelona until architect Ricardo Bofill discovered it and transformed it into his home and studio. More.
In 1973, Ricardo Bofill saw the beauty in an abandoned cement factory in a turn of the century industrial complex full of silos, engine rooms and underground galleries. As our friends over at Twisted Sifter put it was “a compendium of surrealist elements - stairs that climbed up to nowhere, mighty reinforced structures that sustained nothing, pieces of iron hanging in the air; in short, huge empty spaces filled nothingness with magic.” Renovations took two years and in the end, Bofill was left with 8 of the original 30 silos which became offices, workspaces, libraries and what he calls “the Cathedral” - a huge exhibition space.
Check out the writeup on Twisted Sifter for more info on Ricardo Bofill & a lot more images.