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ArchitectAIXOPLUC

Year2015

ForPRIVATE

m232.000

LocationGALLICANT

Gallicant, Every Stone Counts

How to turn an abandoned town into an outdoors summer camp for young and not so young kids? A place where they can live with their wild, while shaping shared dreams and adventures. A place where they learn by being free. It is not a ruin, but a new mountain built by organising old stones, one by one. This would be the largest outdoors learning environment in the south of Europe.

Gallicant is a ruin. A small town that was abandoned in the 1950s. It is a 223 ha. (512 acres) hill, on top of the Mussara range, the northern border of el Camp and Priorat, an extraordinary wine region.

It is 900 metres above sea level, and looking towards Montsant, the magic mountain of this land.

How to turn this ruin into an outdoors summer camp for young kids and not so young kids? A place where they can live with their wild innate nature, while sharing and shaping their untamed dreams and adventures.

A learning place related to Montessori and Waldorf schools, this would be the biggest outdoors learning environment in the south of Europe.

This ruin and its surroundings are full of resources: it used to be a town not so long ago. Our aim is to work only with what’s there. Stones, trees, air, time.

Hunting, gathering, foraging, up cycling, reinforcing, emptying, building, bringing new dreams, organising matter and space in such a way that this place is inhabitable. Not inhabitable again, just inhabitable.

A paradox: Gallicant remoteness, which made people abandon it some sixty years ago, is now its main potential to transform it into an inhabitable environment. Although it is not far away from civilisation, we might find enough resources at hand to use them as building materials, so we don’t have to carry everything from afar.