Nature Among Us
中文 | CHI：
《艺术 | 自然的近与远》
Covered by climbing plants and surrounded by a garden of eucalyptus, palms, olive trees and cypresses, this old cement factory on the outskirts of Barcelona looks like an abandoned industrial complex reclaimed by nature. In reality, it’s a bustling work/living space designed by Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill.
1973年，Bofill寻觅到了这座“一战”遗留下来的水泥厂，并为此深深着迷。他带领他的团队买下了整座综合体，其中包括30个贮仓、地下坑道以及几间宽敞的机房，将其作为Taller de Arquitectura的总办事处。两年时间内，拆除了各种破旧不堪的建筑，再重新改造那些物有所值的建筑群。当尘埃落地的时候，一切基本已经就绪，还剩8个贮仓有待改造，剩下均已完美转型，有着几间办公室、一间建模实验室、一个图书馆、一个放映室、一座硕大无比的“The Cathedral”展览厅，还有一间Bofill休憩的起居室。
Bofill discovered the closed down World War I cement factory in 1973, and was immediately drawn to it. He and his team bought the entire complex consisting of over 30 silos, subterranean galleries, and huge machine rooms and convert it into the head of the office of Taller de Arquitectura. They spent two years demolishing dilapidated structures and remodeling those worth converting. When the dust settled, only eight silos remained, which became offices, a models laboratory, archives, a library, a projections room, a gigantic exhibition space known as “The Cathedral” and a residential space for Bofill.
Once a polluting industrial complex, “La Fabrica” (The Factory), as Bofill’s compound is now known, now coexists in harmony with nature. The giant concrete silos and buildings, the old smokestacks rising up into the sky are all covered with grass and climbing plants, and surrounding them is a lush garden of eucalyptus, palms, olive trees, and cypresses. It’s a stunning site, but the interior is even more impressive.
Even though Ricardo Bofill chose to keep the original concrete walls and the brutal lines of the buildings to preserve the “memory of the structure’s former use”, each of the dozens of rooms is uniquely decorated, so that none of them look remotely alike. They all have their specific purpose, and are furnished accordingly; some even have remnants of their old function – like metal cement machines – blending with modern office elements.
“I have the impression of living in a precinct, in a closed universe which protects me from the outside and everyday life,” Bofill says about living and working in La Fabrica. “The Cement Factory is a place of work par excellence. Life goes on here in a continuous sequence, with very little difference between work and leisure.”
“Presently I live and work here better than anywhere else,“ the Spanish architect adds. “It is for me the only place where I can concentrate and associate ideas in the most abstract manner.”
Ricardo Bofill在La Fabrica工作了近半个世纪，但他仍觉得该项目还未完工，这反而令我们更翅目以待。
Having worked on La Fabrica for nearly half a century, Ricardo Bofil still considers it a work in progress, which just makes it more fascinating.
Edited & Translated by BubbleSwan
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