Located in the historic city of Olot, Catalonia, there are bad events due to the arrangement of the territory that is not accompanied by accountability. This event is why this city's landscape and cultural identity are increasingly threatened by its existence. Luckily, the unparelld'arquitectes studio became aware of the threat and rescued one of the ruins that had the potential to become a forgotten space.
Can Sau. Emergency Scenery by unparelld'arquitectes.
The architects of the unparelld'arquitectes decided to restore a ruined site opposite the church of the patron saint of Olot through the Can Sau. Emergency Scenery project. The site was previously a residential building (Can Sau) that was demolished due to road widening and urban arrangement plans. From the demolition, only four support walls have been left that rest on the neighboring building.
The condition of the Can Sau site when it was abandoned, after demolition.
Can Sau. Emergency Scenery is part of the historical district in downtown Olot.
However, the unparelld'arquitectes were determined not to change or replace the ruins with a new structure. On the contrary, the new design must be able to connect and adapt to the four old walls well. So, with the help of artist Quim Domene, unparelld'arquitectes 'healed' the site and made it a public monument that benefited the local community.
The site faces the church of the patron saint of Olot.
The barrel dome connects the remaining four walls of Can Sua and forms three open naves.
The four walls are joined by barrel domes of bricks that will reinforce its monumental character. Thus, three open naves were formed that revived the site's relationship with the surrounding context - the church and the road. To keep track of its history, artist Quim Domene added elements symbolizing the past to the structure of Can Sau. Emergency Scenery. The elements will remind the memory of how important the role of the site is for Olot.
Now, Can Sau can be used by the local community for a wide variety of activities.
Thus, unparelld'arquitectes played a role in reinterpreting forgotten empty spaces amid urban development. Studio unparelld'arquitectes leaves the site 'unfinished' as a public space that invites the public to help 'save' the almost forgotten part of the city of Olot.
Plan, elevation, and section.
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