Ricardo Bofill + Taller de Arquitectura: Old Factory Transformation
In the 70′s an architect Ricardo Bofill discovered an abandoned cement factory which charmed him that he decided to turn into the head office of his company. A part of an industrial complex the factory consisted of 30 silos, engine rooms and underground galleries. Partially ruined the factory took two years to be remodeled and converted into this spacious grand office.
Old Factory Transformed Into Office
Starting with the demolition of old parts, some eight silos were used to create office spaces, projection room, modelling laboratory, library, archives, ‘The Cathedral’, and an event space to hold lectures, concerts, exhibitions, and more.
The factory’s original architecture gives a peculiar look to the new office. High ceilings make for and airy and spacious atmosphere that gives the place grandeur. At the same time the industrial elements of the factory haven’t gone anywhere adding a rough touch to the spacious building.
The factory area features plush greenery that includes palms, eucalyptus, cypresses and olive trees. Some plants are even growing on the structure itself adding a decorative element to it. But the factory itself is not entirely industrial-looking. It’s not boxy and windowless as there are numerous elegant narrow arches and arched windows that make the structure look more elegant and beautiful.
The interiors are made to be comfortable but the exposed brick or rough walls weren’t altered in favor of more modern finishes. The furnishings give the place a feeling of a modern space but the walls contrast with it and remind of the industrial nature of the building.
The head office also includes a dining room, bathroom, salon and bedroom. While salon is a marble-finished sitting area with view of the greenery outside, The Cathedral is a grand central hall with a long table, grand piano and long white curtains that adds mystery to the place.
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