Apr 4, 2011

Incredible Cement Factory Conversion in Barcelona [30 pics]

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The cement factory conversion by Ricardo Bofill in Barcelona, Spain is one of the most interesting the Sifter has seen to date. With over 30 silos, multiple buildings and towering ceilings throughout, the space is incredibly raw and presents countless design challenges. Now a multi-purpose facility with an office, residence, exhibition space and more, this is an incredibly unique property with equally an equally dramatic landscape and views of the beautiful Barcelona. See below for full details and information on Ricardo Bofill. Enjoy!

 

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CEMENT FACTORY CONVERSION

Architect: Ricardo Bofill
Program: Taller de Arquitectura (Offices & Residence)
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Total floor area: 3,100 square meters (33,368 sq ft) and gardens
House area: 500 square meters (5,382 sq ft)
Date Completed: 1975

In 1973 Ricardo Bofill discovered a cement factory, part of an industrial complex from the turn of the century, comprising over 30 silos, underground galleries and huge engine rooms. He decided to transform it into his head office. Remodelling work lasted two years. The factory, abandoned and partially in ruins, was a compendium of surrealist elements—stairs that climbed up to nowhere, mighty reinforced concrete structures that sustained nothing, pieces of iron hanging in the air; in short, huge empty spaces filled nonetheless with magic.

The transformation process began with the demolition of part of the old structure, laying previously concealed forms bare, as if the concrete had been sculpted. Once the spaces had been defined, cleaned of cement and enhanced with surrounding, newly-planted greenery, the process began of adaptating the site to the new programme.

Eight silos were left standing, and turned into offices, a modelling laboratory, archives, a library, a projection room and a huge space known as ‘The Cathedral’, the venue for subsequent exhibitions, lectures, concerts and a whole range of cultural activities linked to the architect’s professional life. The complex stands in the midst of gardens of eucalyptus, palms, olive trees and cypresses. It also features Ricardo Bofill’s house and guest rooms.

“The factory is a magic place which strange atmosphere is difficult to be perceived by a profane eye. I like the life to be perfectly programmed here, ritualised, in total contrast with my turbulent nomad life.” – Ricardo Bofill

 

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RICARDO BOFILL TALLER DE ARQUITECTURA (ARCHITECTURAL WORKSHOP)

Ricardo Bofill was born in Barcelona and studied at the School of Architecture in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1963 he founded a group formed by architects, engineers, sociologists and philosophers, creating the basis for what today is the ‘Taller de Arquitectura’ (Architectural Workshop).

Taller de Arquitectura’, with headquarters in Barcelona, accomplishes a collective and elaborate system for project design, establishing a technical collaboration in all countries where it undertakes projects. It is a practice composed of a structure which endeavours for the highest quality, capable of conceiving and carrying out projects anywhere in the world. With this aim the ‘Taller’ uses all of its means available: modern techniques, human resources, the professional expertise of each individual and the efficient organization of its structure.

This multidisciplinary international team takes on projects of city planning, transport, leisure, housing and offices. In their conception these projects include the design components: furniture, sculpture and interior design. City design, as applied in the European cities of Bordeaux, Luxembourg, Rome, Prague, Warsaw, Kobe and Madrid, as well as in Boston, U.S.A. In China stands out the project for Qingdao Olympic Games village, a proposal for a new district in Beijing, Landmark Buildings, an high-rise building complex, the Shangri-la Hotel, Sunshine Upper East and The Reflection residential complex, all under construction. The ‘Antigone’ neighbourhood in Montpellier is a tangible example of a project on a grand scale, a part of the city which has been designed and constructed by this team during twenty years.

In the field of great infrastructures Barcelona Airport extension of 1991 stands out. In the field of cultural equipments the team has designed the ‘Miguel Delibes Cultural Center’ in Valladolid, Spain, the ‘Arsenal Music Center’ in Metz, France, where the most famous maestros perform, and the ‘Shepherd School of Music” for Rice University in Houston. In Barcelona the Catalan Government commissioned the Taller the project for the ‘National Theatre of Catalonia’, a building of great cultural prestige.

Housing is another area intensely studied by ‘Taller de Arquitectura’, especially the great projects carried out in the ‘Villes Nouvelles’ near Paris. The Completed of several residential complex in Barcelona, Stockholm and The Hague reinforces the team’s presence on the European housing scene. In the field of commercial centers outstand Casablanca Twin Center in Morocco and Lazona Kawasaki Plaza, near Tokyo. In Bratislava will be soon realized a set of buildings that will lodge houses, offices, commercial center and a hotel with a constructed surface of sqm 100,000.

‘Taller de Arquitectura’ has had the opportunity to demonstrate its know-how by carrying out several office building projects. The most relevant examples are the offices realized in Paris as the prestigious headquarters of ‘Paribas Marché Saint Honoré’, ‘Cartier ’, ‘Christian Dior’, ‘Decaux’, ‘Gan’ and ‘Axa Insurances’.

They has also realized office buildings in other european cities: Corso Karlin in Prague and Atrium Saldanha in Lisbon. Outstanding among the realisations are Lazona Kawasaki Plaza, a shopping centre of sqm 200,00, ‘Shiseido Building’ in Tokyo, the skyscrapers ‘JP Morgan Headquarters, completed in 2003 and ‘Donnelley Building’, in 1992, both in Chicago. Having won a series of important competitions, the ‘Taller’ asserts itself more and more in its capacity for diversification.

 

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RICARDO BOFILL ON HIMSELF

There are some of the philosophies and general principles which have guided the trajectory of my team in the Taller de Arquitectura, since the sixties to the present time.

I am a nomad, I am still a nomad, a traveller without port, required to establish reference points according to my journey. I was born in Barcelona, my father was catalan and my mother from Venice, I am at the crossroads of two cultures that clashed and melted throughout history.

In my early years I crossed the straights of Gibraltar, going south, and discovered in the valley of Draa villages built with cubes, piled up and constructed according to the families’ rhythm of growth, and despite that, strangely well-ordered, organic, profoundly architectural. All around, the desert; the fantastic shapes of dunes, constantly transformed by strong winds that appeared before me as essential elements, beyond anything that we can draw. The rose sands of the Teneré desert, outlined against the indigo sky, the endless spaces of rocks and stones, were my initiation to absolute beauty.

In the desert I met the nomads, the blue men of the Sahara, people that belong to an ancient civilization. I discovered that they understood the abstract concept of space better than anybody and we became best friends.

To be an architect means to understand space, to understand space organized by man, to decipher the spontaneous movements and behaviour of people, and to detect the needs of change that they might unconsciously express. It is essential to track down these issues if we want to contribute with our personal work to the history of architecture.

 

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SOURCES

Ricardo Bofill Official Site
Office for Word and Image / Verne
Yatzer

 

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