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capafonts


Communal place for a small
mountain town.

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capafonts


Communal place for a small
mountain town.

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territory / ecosystem


41°17'47.3"N 1°01'34.8"E

territory / ecosystem


41°17'47.3"N 1°01'34.8"E

 
 

Capafonts is a very small town in the middle of the Serra de Prades, the north-western limit of el Camp. It is surrounded by 1000 meter mountains, which have kept it quite isolated almost until today. The town is in a very small hill in the valley where the Brugent river is born. 

Its microclimate is slightly colder and more humid than the one in el Camp, with cooler summers and snowy winters. Its forests are populated with oak and chestnut trees.

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needs


needs


Capafonts was lacking a public, enclosed meeting space, where its people can gather, debate and make decisions about their town. 

At the same time, the project of the future Parc Natural de les Muntanyes de Prades that was expected to preserve the surrounding mountains and its life, was expected to be implemented in just a few years. Capafonts was supposed to be one of its main gateways. So an information center was also envisioned.

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plan / search


plan / search


The building adapts to this climate and the site, which is right at the entrance of the town, with a 3 meters slope between the front and the back sides. The municipality has worked hard for many years in order to be able to build this small place, which is meant to be one of the centres of the future Muntanyes de Prades Natural Park. The commission was to build only the ground floor.  

During the project process, the mayor got a public subvention to build an extension at the first floor, where a communal meeting room was to be placed. Right before the start of the construction work, some more money came in to build a storage room at the basement. The limited budget helped us to work with a direct architecture, with no retorics. However, in the entrance handrail, we suggested a game for the carpenter: to assemble the word Informació with the leftovers of the wooden floor, during one day of work. 

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materialization


materialization


The project was aimed to be built by local carpenters using standard studs, joists and boards available from any lumberyard. 

Instead, material and carpenters came from Romania. It was the lowest bid and they won the contractor's competition. They did a great job.

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lifecycle


lifecycle