La Fábrica, Ricardo Bofill is a revised edition of the landmark book published in 2018. Ricardo Bofill (1939-2022) was an acclaimed Spanish (Catalonian) architect and La Fábrica was one of his most iconoclastic creations. A former cement factory on the outskirts of Barcelona, the building became the centre of the late Catalan architect’s life, serving both as his home and as the headquarters of his practice since 1973.
La Fábrica enabled Bofill to create a world of his own, exposing the concrete forms from beneath years of dust and smoke, encouraging nature back onto the structure, and fine-tuning the balance between its monumental scale and a delicate, human sensibility, in one of the earliest examples of the reuse of an industrial building – and it’s still changing.
This new edition expands on the original with exclusive archival imagery courtesy of RBTA (Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura) and an expansive selection of photographs taken by Nacho Alegre on his visits to La Fábrica over the last decade. He returned in November 2022 to document the building in its current state, closing the book with 32 pages of otherwise unseen images. With an introduction by Pablo Bofill, the book also features an interview with Ricardo himself by Barcelona-based architects Arquitectura-G and Guillermo López, an extended version of the conversation originally published in issue #11 of Apartamento magazine.
Apartamento, 156pp, 24cm x 28.5cm, hardcover, December 2022
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