Specific poems: Ricardo Beaufil Architecture

In the early 1970s, an abandoned cement factory on the western fringe of Barcelona stood as a crumbling relic of Spain’s industrial past. Where some people would have been daunted or deterred by the vast and derelict site, the architect Ricardo Bofill was inspired. He envisioned it as the dramatic setting for his home and offices.

The living area of Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill’s home on the outskirts of Barcelona. The sofa was designed by his firm, Taller de Arquitectura, and the lounge chairs are by Charles and Ray Eames.

“La Fábrica is a magical place with a strange atmosphere,” Bofill says. “My daily routine is perfectly structured here, even ritualized, in total contrast with my turbulent, nomadic life. It is, for me, the only place where I can concentrate.”

In the master bedroom, the bed is custom made, and the walls are of mottled concrete salvaged from the original factory.

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