La Obrera Mataronense was the first workers’ cooperative in Spain, dedicated to textile production. It was located in Mataró, one of the most active industrial towns of the Catalan coast in the middle of the 19th century, as is shown by the fact that Spain’s first train line was built between this city and Barcelona in 1848.

Although Gaudí did several jobs for the workers’ cooperative, such as the flag (1873), the recreational casino and houses for the workers (1878), the general plan of the factory (1881), the scale and the concierge’s office (1883), and the company standard (1884), the Bleaching Room is currently the only thing that remains, a large industrial building for the furnaces for the bleach and for the containers for cleaning and rinsing the thread.
The building has only one floor, rectangular and elongated, with brick walls covered by a structure made of parabolic wooden arches. Over the years, however, the work was modified as needed: the windows were covered, the doors were remodelled, and part of the structure was covered.

At the back, and in a small building that is attached, there are still the old latrines, with a circular floor plan, made of brick, closed by a conical roof and partially covered by tiles of various colors.

Both buildings are currently the property of the Mataró City Hall, which has promoted their restoration, conservation, and new use.

   
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