The Enduring Utopia

architect: Ricardo Bofil
project: La Fábrica, Sant Just Desvern, Barcelona, Spain
written: by: Alicia Guerrero Yeste



I found enormous silos, a tall smokestack, four kilometres of underground tunnels, and machine rooms in good shape. This was twenty-five years ago and it was my first encounter with the Cement Factory. Presently I live and work here better than anywhere else. I have installed the Taller de Arquitectura, with the intention, later on, of converting it into a foundation destined for the investigation of form, and the design of the city.


It is for me the only place where I can concentrate, associate ideas in the most abstract manner, and finally, create projects, images and new spaces, and constitute a specific vocabulary for my architecture. I have the impression of living in a closed universe, which shields me from the outside and everyday life. The Cement Factory is a place of work par excellence. Life goes on here with very little difference between work and leisure.


I have the impression of living in a factory world, the same world that characterised and propelled the beginnings of industrial development in Catalonia.


These are paragraphs from the text on La Fábrica written by Ricardo Bofill.