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Image of exterior of Ca’n Terra

Discovering - Existing Conditions

Ca'n Terra is the house of the earth: first just that, earth; after quarry, voided from its Mares stone; then used by the military as ammunition dump during the Spanish Civil War and later abandoned, to be rediscovered decades later and come to be architecture. We find this space by accident, or maybe it finds us. And when the encounter happens we are bound to reinvent it, writing a new story that rescues it from its abandonment.

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Interior of Ca'n Terra
Exterior of Ca’n Terra

Discovering - The Scan

The creative process that helps to imagine architecture in what is not meant to be architecture happens through direct experience, through an understanding and thorough reading of the existing conditions that help us find the energies to be activated from within. Laser technologies help us see in the dark, accurately capturing the irregular morphology of the quarried structure.

3D scanned longitudinal section of Ca’n Terra
Documentation of Existing Conditions - Summer 2019 - 3D scanned longitudinal section
3D scanned transversal section through the Secret Garden and Terma
Documentation of Existing Conditions - Summer 2019 - 3D scanned transversal section through the Secret Garden and Terma
3D scanned sections
Project Documentation - Summer 2019 - Sections
3D scanned overhead
Project Documentation - Summer 2019 - Plan
Animated gif of construction of Ca’n Terra skylight

Carving - The Action

Unearthing, cleaning, consolidating define our design strategy to revive the dormant cave: measured interventions aimed at bringing air, light and thus habitability, to the dark atmosphere of the excavated space. Architectural transformation narrows down to one action: carving light. This action learns from the industrial history of the place and writes a new chapter in the life of the landscape, introducing new tension and meaning to it.

Interior lounge of Ca’n Terra

Living - The Atmosphere

Ca’n Terra lives in nature and builds with it. Equal parts shelter, earthwork and home, Ca’n Terra offers a memorable space to reconcile human actions on the environment with those of nature, to learn to live and to build more lightly, to redefine what comfort is and how to achieve it with sensibility.

Exterior terma facade of Ca’n Terra
Light Membranes: exterior view - Summer 2020 - photograph © Ensamble Studio
Interior terma facade of Ca’n Terra
Light Membranes: interior view - Summer 2020 - photograph © Ensamble Studio
Interior terma of Ca’n Terra
Terma - Summer 2020 - photograph © Ensamble Studio
Interior terma of Ca’n Terra
Terma - Summer 2020 - photograph © Ensamble Studio
Detail of floor of Ca’n Terra Exterior pool of Ca’n Terra
Floor detail: encounter between natural and artificial stones - Summer 2019 (left) and pool - Summer 2020 (right) - photographs © Ensamble Studio
Interior office of Ca’n Terra
Interior Space - Summer 2020 - photograph © Ensamble Studio
Exterior lounge of Ca’n Terra
 
Outdoor Covered Spaces - Summer 2020 - photographs © Ensamble Studio
Interior Space - Summer 2020 - photograph © Ensamble Studio
 
Night: exterior view - Summer 2019 - photograph © Ensamble Studio
Secret Garden - Summer 2019 - photograph © James Florio

Principals: Antón García-Abril & Débora Mesa Project team: Javier Cuesta, Borja Soriano, Alvaro Catalan, Massimo Loia, Marco Antrodicchia, Sebastián Zapata, Arianna Sebastiani, Claudia Armas, Ekam Sahni, Yu-Ting Li, Joel Kim, Gonzalo Peña, Yvonne Asiimwe, Mónica Acosta. Consultants: Urculo Engineering Photo credits: Ensamble Studio, Iwan Baan, James Florio