Cement Factory Conversion

Renovated from the ruins of a 19th century Catalan plant, the Cement Factory Conversion is a place of both work and leisure for Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill. Spread throughout the former silos, smoke stacks, underground tunnels, and machine rooms, the estate is made up of four parts — the studio, La Cathedral, the gardens, and the residence. Each space has been transformed to host a new function, while its massive form and towering concrete walls were left virtually untouched to keep the structure's industrial identity intact. Externally, the cold facade of the existing volumes is softened by lush plants, climbing vines, and rooftop gardens, turning the rigid fortress into a whimsical abode.

  • Gorski Kotar House

    Set atop a hill in the Croatian countryside, the Gorski Kotar House has a special relationship with its natural landscape. The project was inspired by a single walnut tree, spawning an outdoor terrace and eventually an entire home. Its simple form and pitched roof are clad in Siberian larch, stained with a black wood tar. In contrast to its stark exterior, the inside is bright and open with a palette of white and natural wood. The small floor plan is left undisrupted, with a ground level living room and kitchen that sit underneath a lofted sleeping area. From here, the inside flows out to an outdoor kitchen and terrace, where the elevated plot provides expansive views of the surrounding mountains.

    Photos: Jure Živković / Tomislav Soldo

  • Laives Mountain Retreat

    Overlooking Italy's Adige Valley, the Laives Mountain Retreat uses minimalist design to highlight its expansive views. The home is braced by an old stone retaining wall, leaving the back of the ground floor's master bedroom, bathroom, office, and sauna buried masked by the hillside. Aside from a kitchen island, the second-story living area is nearly bare to keep the space free from obstructions and distractions. This makes way for the nearly 360-degree views of the vineyards and Tessa mountains, provided by the steel and glass facade.

    Photos: Laura Egger / Modo Studio

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