La Fábrica de Ricardo Bofill highlighted in new Spirit of Space video

La Fábrica de Ricardo Bofill highlighted in new Spirit of Space video


In this powerful new visual from Spirit of Space, we are introduced to Ricardo Bofill’s headquarters “The Factory” or La Fábrica, Taller de Arquitectura. Once a disused and decaying turn-of-the-century cement works, with 30 silos, engine room and galleries, it is now a major transformation project, satisfying the architect’s desire for space through re-use adaptive.

A refuge in urban sprawl, engulfed by a bloom of palms, olive trees and eucalyptus. Spirit of Space visits the former hive of activity, now a quiet refuge in the middle of the city, a huge contrast to the industrial grime that once resided here. Through moving images and multi-sensory experiences, he explores brutalist form; a concrete shell… a skeleton intertwined with nature itself.

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La Fábrica, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.  Image courtesy of Ricardo Bofill
La Fábrica, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura. Image courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

The original factory was noticed by Bofill in 1973, the functionalist approach to architecture was evident. He saw a lot of potential with much of the visually powerful spaces and raw concrete forms. The resurrection was initiated by the demolition of much of the original structure, uncovering a sculptural formation that provided spaces for work and play. The essence of the original composition remains, including 8 of the 30 silos, but now offers offices, laboratories, archives, a screening room and a cultural/exhibition space.


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Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill
Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill
La Fábrica, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.  Image courtesy of Ricardo Bofill
La Fábrica, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura. Image courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

La Fábrica offers insight into the power of transitional adaptive reuse projects and how these disused spaces can be activated and reborn. A juxtaposition of the bustling work environment it once was, the video offers a glimpse into the essence of the reimagined place. It stands still, surrounded by biophilic components to enhance the mood and character of the development. Peaceful in every way for residence and workplace.

La Fábrica, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.  Image © Richard Powers
La Fábrica, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura. Image © Richard Powers
Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill
Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

Today, the silos are home to Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura, a range of interdisciplinary professionals including architects, urban planners, project managers, interior designers and graphic designers. A combination of private and public spaces and connective spiral staircases that encourage social circulation and communication. The residences and the garden provide a place to live and reflect, creating beauty in the most unlikely place. Reflecting its ambitious nature to redefine space, Bofill has used ‘wild urbanism’ to tone down the stark, inscrutable nature of concrete materiality and create an urban paradise.

I wanted to live there for the pleasure of the challenge – Ricardo Bofill

La Fábrica, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.  Image courtesy of Ricardo Bofill
La Fábrica, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura. Image courtesy of Ricardo Bofill
Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill
Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

The late Ricardo Bofill was a Spanish architect known for his diverse design aesthetic and vernacular approach to architecture, spanning over 50 years. Graduated from Barcelona School of Architecture it is renowned for La Muralla Roja, a series of dynamic apartment buildings in Spain and The Spaces of Abraxas a symbolic monument of arches and pillars in France. Many of his works have proven popular as backdrops for several films and music videos and are often celebrated for his monumentality and range in terms of architectural style.

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