Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura (RBTA)
Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill founded his practice in 1963, housed since the ’70s in La Fábrica – a re-purposed cement factory in Sant Just Desvern on the outskirts of Barcelona. The eight surviving silos that once hosted a stream of workmen and heavy machinery now house both Bofill’s private residence and the offices of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura (RBTA) – as well as spaces for exhibitions and concerts. Since initial remodelling was completed in 1975, the site – originally home to more than 30 silos – has undergone subsequent additions and subtractions as Bofill plays with its poetry, composing a successful, and evolving, experiment in repurposing space. Bofill calls La Fábrica a ‘ruin that has been remade and restructured’, appropriate for nearly any use.