An Industrial Beauty!

August 14, 2011

Out of principal when we set up Studio EM we came to a collective agreement that one area of the industry we will not work in would be the personal villa sector. Prior to coming up with our company strap line of design = create = play we briefly contemplated going with Studio EM – “We don’t do houses” as a tongue in cheek quip at all those who respond “oh, great I could really do with your help, I simply do not know what curtains I should match to my sofa and living room colour palette” when we tell them we are an interior architecture and design firm. It is not their fault; instead we blame the pop culture of the late 90s which made interior decorating so popular.

Nevertheless because we don’t decorate or design houses it does not mean that we cannot blog some truly spectacular projects, especially those that incorporate a great deal more of architectural design rather than décor.  With that in mind I will amuse you or enrage you further by having a great debate as to whether or not we should feature this project as it may contravene with our brand principals and company ethos, but when we saw the architectural detail that went into the project we were all unanimous in proclaiming this project an architectural triumph verging on sheer genius that we had to blog.

The project that caused so much debate is a former cement factory in Barcelona that now acts as both a workplace and residence for the charismatic Barcelona born Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill. As mentioned the project was an abandoned cement factory, in 1973 Ricardo Bofill purchased it and immediately set about transforming it into what we see today. The factory is now Bofill’s private residence as well as his workshop, exhibition area, architectural offices and one of the finest pieces of modern art that we have come across in terms of architecture and design.

Respectfully we pinched the following quote from Borfill’s website:

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.

With this quote firmly implanted within our psyche we look upon the photos of this project and think of how true an embodiment of that the quote this Cement Factory is.

All Photos and Design Credits Are credited to Rocardo Bofill


Credit also to Yatzer as the site where we first discovered this project.