Can Sau. Emergency scenery by unparelld’arquitectes

The historical context

Project Specs


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Can Sau house的大半部分体量因受街道调整的影响而被拆除,留下一个以党派墙和四个阶梯式扶壁为特征,且正对着奥洛特守护神教堂的城市空地。其之前所在的奥洛特旧城区有许多上了年限的待拆建筑。在那里,废弃的地段、城市化的丧失、被“毁容”的街道和被破坏的原始景观随处可见。

the condition of the building after partial demolition and before the renovation of the project
© Junparelld’arquitectes

Can Sau house was located in the old city centre of Olot, where nowadays demolitions are not unusual. Given that half of the building was affected by street alignment, it was demolished, leaving an urban void characterized by a party wall and four stepped buttresses that faced the side façade of the church of the patron saint of Olot. For different reasons, the same consequences: abandoned lots, loss of urbanity, disfigurement of the street, destruction of the ordinary landscape.

▼街道视角下的建筑景观,street view © José Hevia

▼项目全貌,overview © José Hevia


Upon request for a pavement project and an ongoing contract for a waterproof metal cladding, the assignment was reformulated. It was urgent to allocate resources to the vertical plane to endow the space with urbanity, apart from guaranteeing the waterproof qualities of the party wall. In the compact city, the façades take responsibility for giving shape and character to the street.

▼景观细部,details © José Hevia

用空心砖打造的应急景观填满了扶壁的空缺,在党墙背景中展现出政务活动的痕迹。三个拱顶和四个壁龛既充当了多孔立面,也给公众提供了伴有少量看台的公共空间。此外,视觉艺术家Quim Domene还在壁龛中插入了寓意着该社区历史元素的印花玻璃。

▼在夜晚,at night © José Hevia

With hollow brick, an emergency scenery was built. It completes what the buttresses suggest, revealing in the background the traces of domestic activity marked on the party wall. A construction of three vaults and four niches is offered to the public space as a porous façade, accompanied by a minimum of stands. The visual artist Quim Domene intervenes a posteriori in the niches, with elements allegorical to the history of the neighborhood.

▼艺术家Quim Domene打造的历史元素印花玻璃,
artist Quim Domene creates the historical element print glass © José Hevia


The Tura church, confined between narrow streets, now gains a public space, presided by the blinded door of the previous temple of the XV century.

▼社区活动,community activity © Roger Serrat-Calvó

▼轴测图,axonometric drawing © unparelld’arquitectes

change of plan of transformation process © unparelld’arquitectes

▼平面图&立面图,plan and elevation © unparelld’arquitectes

Situation:Can Sau. Carrer Valls Nous, 1. 17800 Olot
42.182175, 2.491457
Authors:unparelld’arquitectes: Eduard Callís, Guillem Moliner
Quim Domene, artista visual
Design and construction team:Clàudia Calvet, Xevi Rodeja,
Sara Palmada, Sergi Jiménez
Structural Designer:Amaia López
Building Engineer:Gemma Planagumà (Olot town hall)
Client:Olot town hall
Builder:Construo Construccions Generals
Photographs:José Hevia, Roger Serrat-Calvó, Esteve Moner, 1904.
Arxiu Comarcal de la Garrotxa. Col·lecció d’imatges de Josep Ma. Dou Camps
Gross Built Area:113 m²

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