In 1973 Ricardo Bofill found an abandoned cement factory, an industrial complex from the turn of the century. He decided to transform it into the head office of taller de arquitectura. The remodeling work lasted two years. The transformation process began with the demolition of part of the old structure to leave hitherto concealed forms visible, as if the concrete had been sculpted. The complex stands in the midst of gardens. The project is evidence of the fact that an imaginative architect may adapt any space to a new function, no matter how different it may be from the original one.
Ricardo Bofill was born in Barcelona and studied at the School of Architecture in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1963 he founded a group formed by architects, engineers, sociologists and philosophers, creating the basis for what today is the ‘Taller de Arquitectura’ (Architectural Workshop).