In 1973, an architect by the name of Ricardo Bofill stumbled upon an abandoned WWI-era cement factory just outside of Barcelona, Spain, at which point he had a vision. What appeared to onlookers as the dilapidated remains of industry appeared to Bofill as a world of possibility. Now, almost 45 years after acquiring the property, Bofill and his team have almost entirely transformed the factory ruins into what they call La fábrica, a marvelous, palace-like home and workspace adorned with lush, overflowing foliage.
Aside from serving as Bofill’s home and workspace, La fábrica is still a work in progress as he continues to conceptualize the possibilities of its future. “I have the impression of living… in a closed universe which protects me from the outside and everyday life” Bofill writes. “Life goes on here in a continuous sequence, with very little difference between work and leisure.” (h/t: bored panda)
Check out some photographs of La fábrica, available in the selection below. For more information about architect Ricardo Bofill and his home, visit: