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The Volcanoes Discovery Centre of La Garrotxa: The Epicentre

Overseas Studio, Olot, Spain, 2015

This project was conceived in the city of Olot, Spain and within Pulitzer Prize winning architects, RCR Arquitectes’ studio, through an intensive workshop over the course of seven weeks, 2015.

During this time, the framework of a new Volcanoes Discovery Centre
along with its outdoor spaces was envisioned within a given Master Plan.
RCR Arquitectes conceptualised a new gateway from the region’s Capital city,
Barcelona and into the La Garrotxa volcanic region, where the city of Olot
nestles itself within. The volcanic basin, the site for the new Volcanoes Discovery Centre resides at the foot of the Montsacopa volcano, an area defined as The Epicentre, devoting its territory to communication and knowledge of the volcanic experience of La Garrotxa.

The project’s design intension was derived from studying the volcanic geomorphic formation. The natural phenomenon and bizarre field of geometric columns that form over time from rapid cooling of the volcano lava flow is exploited as a design tool. Interpreting this process as a three dimensional monolithic foundation for what would become relatable into architectural elements of solid and void, this process poses a three dimensional design arrangement.

Manifesting as a series of subterranean chambers, fractured to an over-scaled architectural grid, this project references the ancient geological forces that shaped its landscape. What emerges over time however, is an adapted morphology of its own, and one that may exceed beyond our preconceived ideas of our relationship with nature.

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Status: School Project
Location: Olot, ES