LISBONIndustrial Revolution

LXFactory: an industrial wasteland turned Lisbon’s beating heart of creativity.

LISBON

Industrial Revolution

LXFactory: an industrial wasteland turned Lisbon’s beating heart of creativity.

Lisbon has a new identity. No longer a faded city of run-down buildings, budget hotels and remnants of a centuries-gone trade empire; today it’s a place that hums with art, design, technology and innovation, named European Entrepreneurial Region 2015 by the European Commission. Nowhere is its metamorphosis more keenly felt than at LXFactory – a complex of former fabric and thread factories near the port in Alcântara.

we’ve watched LXFactory transform itself: once a wasteland of empty manufacturing complexes, today a meeting point for creative players, where fresh ideas are forever welcome

“As the second ever company to set up office here”, says Pedro Patrício, Executive Producer at independent film company Quioto, “we’ve watched LXFactory transform itself: once a wasteland of empty manufacturing complexes, today a meeting point for creative players, where fresh ideas are forever welcome.” Set in the old Companhia de Fiação e Tecidos Lisbonense premises, its 23,000m2 of warehouse space has become a feeding ground for imagination, innovation and production, home to a vast spectrum of different businesses, from music to food, fashion, architecture and communications.

It’s truly diverse, never static. The community spirit is strong and you’re working alongside so many inspiring, industrious people

Wander through LXFactory and admire local design at Wish, browse the books at Ler Devagar, visit the studio of local illustrator Lapo, watch surfboards being shaped at Bloodbrothers or indulge in chocolate cake from Landeau. “I couldn’t imagine a better place to be,” says Anne Bergue, jeweller and owner of Bergue & Co jewellery workshop. “It’s truly diverse, never static. The community spirit is strong and you’re working alongside so many inspiring, industrious people.”

Lisbon’s economy has suffered since the 2007 downfall, but despite the fragility of its banks, its creative economy has never been more prosperous, with over 25,000 creative companies, fab labs and start-up incubators rehabilitating historic buildings and putting obsolete infrastructure to new use. LXFactory is living proof of this. It is an island of ingenuity and captivating liveliness, and a potent symbol for a city on the make.

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