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Sale of the week Dufferin Grove

Wednesday Mar 08th, 2017

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The property A four-bedroom home that went for more than $800,000 over asking. The history The sellers have lived in the home for 16 years. The latest renovations date from 2010, when they extended the main floor, remodelled the kitchen and finished the basement. They also added built-in speakers and sliding doors. Now, as their children get older, they’re moving to an even bigger house elsewhere in the city. The fate The buyers are from Toronto. They loved this... [read more]

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When Ricardo Bofill stumbled upon a dilapidated cement factory in 1973, he immediately saw a world of possibilities. La fábrica was born, and almost 45 years later, the structure has been completely transformed into a spectacular and unique home.


The factory, located just outside of Barcelona, was a WWI-era pollution machine that had closed down, and came with many repairs to be done when Ricardo Bofill and his team purchased it. After years of partial deconstruction, the determined architect proceeded to lace the exterior of the property with vegetation, and furnish the interior as a modern living and work space.

La fábrica is a work in progress to this day, to which Bofill likens his own life, as his visions for the future continue to change shape. The industrial chimneys that once filled the air with smoke now overflow with lush greenery, a fine example of the beautiful transformations that result from creative thinking.