When I lived in River Rouge there was an abandoned cement factory on the other side of Jefferson. I went there for a few photoshoots. It was a bit difficult on the equipment due to the amount of loose very fine dust.

This architectural project is amazing – the factory with its huge silos became a castle. Plenty of green growth was introduced as well.

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A former Cement Factory is now the workspace and residence of architect Ricardo Bofill

Some things grow better with age, and in this case, it is a project completed in 1975 and still worth exploration — given global emphasis upon resource conservation and reuse, perhaps now more than ever!

The Cement Factory came to attention in 1973, as an abandoned cement factory partially in ruins, comprised of over 30 silos, underground galleries, and huge engine rooms. Architect Ricardo Bofill bought it and began renovation… or, re-architecture.

He defined the space by demolishing certain structures, cleaning cement, exposing previously concealed structures and creating the landscape architecture by planting varied plants such as eucalyptus, palms, olive trees and cypresses; renovation work lasted nearly two years.

Seduced by elements of contradiction and vagueness of the cement factory space, Bofill preserved the basic structures and modified the original brutality, sculpting it like a work…

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