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Pepe Gascón | The Factory

Architecture The Factory 1

An industrial building in the premises of an old early twentieth-century textile factory in Terrassa, a leading city in Catalonia’s textile industry, has been refurbished and equipped as an office.

The Factory 2

The Factory 4Prior to the intervention, the whole building had false ceilings, plaster-covered walls, et cetera, and we suspected that they concealed the magnificent architecture that characterised the majority of the great textile mills of the beginning of the twentieth century.

The Factory 5

The Factory 3Besides stabilising the construction, the intervention was minimal, devoting the greater part of the effort to removing coverings and other subsequent additions which, we believe, do not contribute anything to the building (but, rather, the contrary) with the aim of recovering the original form of the building.

The Factory 6

The Factory 7In addition to stripping these unwanted layers from the structure, it was decided to respect some of the later elements such as fans and an overhead crane, and to leave visible drainpipes as well as cuts and holes made in the walls.

The Factory 8

 

The Factory 12Finally, wooden frames, the hydraulic cement tiled paving and the solid handmade brick wall, all elements of great expressive power, were left on display to produce a very high quality space.

The Factory 11

Location: Carrer Prat de la Riba, 88 nave interior Terrassa (Barcelona), Spain
Architecture: Pepe Gascón
Collaborators: Jesús Gallego (int)
Client: Metrònom Inversions, SL
Photography: José Hevia
Project year: 2011
Completion date: 2011
Project area: 593,00 m2
Cost: 35.000,00 €
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