One talented architect, who began with a single creative vision, can now claim responsibility for what may very well be the world’s greatest fixer-upper. Inspired by an abandoned cement factory, Ricardo Bofill, a Spanish architect, envisioned what the building had the potential to become. And if Bofill exhibits any other trait besides creative vision, it’s follow-through.
The World War-I era factory, which he knew would one day be his home, was a project that lasted longer than the average fixer-upper—decades longer.
Requiring a total of 45 years from start to finish, Bofill and his team transformed what was once left desolate and for ruins to a lively, enchanting property, which they titled La fábrica, a Spanish word serving as a tribute to the home’s factory roots.
With the goal of negating the environmentally hazardous pollution the factory was once shut down for, Bofill brought forth new life to the building, which is now recognized by its rich color and greenery, including gardens all around and an eclectic array of trees.
But aesthetically pleasing vegetation wasn’t the only update Bofill made. His remodel expandeded to every crevice of the former factory.
Today, there’s nearly no remnant of the building that once was. Natural light illuminates modern spaces, effectively reflecting Bofill’s original vision.
Awe-inspiring and alluring, the luxurious property is a fortress of leisure and entertainment, where each room is dedicated to a specific purpose.
While the elements of relaxation and enjoyment are important to Bofill, he’s also included an area to serve as studio space dedicated to his passion: architecture.
Bofill and his guests may be at a point in the “remodel” where they can explore, live and work on the property, but for the original artist, La fábrica will never be entirely complete. Much like the human condition, Bofill views the factory-made-home as a perpetual canvas, ever-evolving and free to adapt with his imaginative whims.
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