Can Sau. Emergency scenery


Can Sau是位於奧洛特(Olot)舊城區內的一處住宅物業,如今在空地上看到空曠的地方並不稀奇。鑑於該建築的一半受到未來街道對齊的影響,因此將其拆除,留下一個以黨牆和麵向圖拉教堂的側面立面的四個階梯式扶梯為特徵的城市空地,該教堂專用於奧洛特的守護神。導致城市環境的特徵是廢棄地段,清晰度下降,毀容性和周圍街道景觀的破壞。

Can Sau was a residential property located within the old city centre of Olot, where nowadays it is not unusual to see vacant sites. Given that half of the building was affected by a future street alignment, it was demolished leaving an urban void characterised by a party wall and four stepped buttresses facing the side façade of the Tura church, dedicated to the patron saint of Olot. Resulting in an urban environment characterised by abandoned lots, loss of definition, disfigurement and the destruction of the surrounding streetscape.


After being commissioned by the city council to come up with a new pavement treatment for the demolished site and taking advantage of an ongoing contract to provide waterproof metal cladding to the exposed buttresses, the project was reformulated.


The allocation of resources to the vertical plane was considered a matter of urgency, and which apart from guaranteeing its waterproofing would lend the space a greater sense of urbanity. In a compact city like Olot the street façades shape the urban context and provide its character.


An emergency mise-en-scène employing hollow brick was constructed that completes what the raw structural buttresses suggested, revealing traces of domestic activity in the background with their imprint on the party wall.

一系列的三個拱頂和四個壁is被提供給公共空間,作為三維立面,通過鋪裝處理進一步定義。它是一個未完成的通用結構,可以適應各種情況。視覺藝術家Quim Domene在壁ches內進行了許多事後乾預,其元素寓意著鄰里的歷史。

A series of three vaults and four niches is offered to the public space as a three dimensional façade, further defined by the paving treatment. It is an unfinished and versatile structure which can be adapted to situations. The visual artist Quim Domene carried out a number of interventions a posteriori within the niches, with elements allegorical to the history of the neighbourhood.


The Tura church, confined between narrow streets, now has a public space to its lateral façade, presided over by the closed-off door dating from the previous temple of the XV Century.


Project Information

Project Name: Can Sau. Emergency scenery

Location: Catalonia, Spain

Architect Office: unparelld'arquitectes

Area: 113 m²

Completion Year: 2018

Photographer: José Hevia, Roger Serrat-Calvó, Esteve Moner. Arxiu Comarcal de la Garrotxa. Col·lecció d’imatges de Josep Ma. Dou Camps

unparelld'arquitectes is an architectural office led by Eduard Callís and Guillem Moliner and based in Olot, Catalonia, Spain.

The projects the office develops are a meeting place between different worlds and scales. We foster exchanges between infrastructure and decoration, between domestic sphere and public space, between the city and the garden. They build radiant scenes, capable of activating the activity, of narrating a new story that is attentive to real life and of building an atmosphere according to its characteristics of space, symbolism, materiality and light.

The work of unparelld’arquitectes has been exhibited at several events and art galleries as the Biennial of Architecture of São Paulo (2019), La Biennale di Venezia (2012), Aedes Berlin (2011) or Nogo Lisboa (2010). It has been awarded by the Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (2018), Girona Architecture Prize (2019/2018/2017/2016/2004), AJAC Award (2016/2012), Darc Awards (2016), shortlisted at the AR Emerging Awards (2016), European Award for Urban Public Space (2016) or FAD Awards (2017/2014), among others.

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