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homify 360º: The factory of Ricardo Bofill

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In 1973, the young architect Ricardo Bofill discovered an industrial complex from the beginning of the century on the outskirts of Barcelona. The place was somewhat derelict, but it had a potential that only the eyes of an architect could see. That barren and abandoned mass of concrete became, after two years of work, a totally different place. The silos were converted into office spaces, an archive, a library, a laboratory and one of the huge factory spaces was made into a so-called cathedral, a space for creation and exposition. That old factory, in addition to being the architect's own residence, is now also home to Bofill Studio of Architecture, a studio comprising an interdisciplinary team of social scientists, philosophers, mathematicians, engineers and architects. So, today we take a closer look at a place that invites creativity, but also contemplation, silence and reflection.

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