Though each person’s vision of their “dream home” may take on a different shape, few would disagree that living like royalty inside a castle would be a pretty good place to start. Even fewer people would expect to look for their palatial dream home where Ricardo Bofill did.

An architect, Ricardo first purchased an old cement factory, located outside of Barcelona, Spain, in 1973. Nearly five decades later, however, he’d transformed the seemingly boring and worthless industrial-era ruins into a striking piece of art.

While La fábrica, as he calls it, might not be a real castle, it sure looks like one!

After purchasing an old cement factory outside Barcelona in 1973, architect Ricardo Bofill spent 45 years turning it into the home of his (and many others’) dreams.

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In its past life, the building was a World War II-era pollution machine, so Ricardo tried to incorporate as many green and natural elements into it as he possibly could.

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He named it La fábrica and claims it’s still a work in progress.

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He and his team have deconstructed much of the factory and replaced it with modern furnishings, vegetation, and style.

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Though he still wanted to make sure the factory’s industrial feel remained part of the home.

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“The Cement Factory is a place of work par excellence,” Ricardo explains on his website.

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Each and every room looks different and has its own theme.

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“I have the impression of living… in a closed universe which protects me from the outside and everyday life,” Ricardo says.

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“Life goes on here in a continuous sequence, with very little difference between work and leisure.”

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The home is filled with spaces that function as a place for leisure, work, or art.

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Ricardo and his team also use parts of the estate as studio space.

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The exterior greenery is primarily made up of grass, eucalyptus, palm, and olive trees.

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“The kitchen-dining room located in the ground floor is the meeting point for the family,” says Ricardo.

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The ongoing nature of this project, as Ricardo explains, is meant to mirror the constant changes of life.

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On top of all that, it’s not a bad place to call home!

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That really is as much a piece of art as it is a home. Truly gorgeous work! Would you ever want to live here?

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