The project for an ephemeral installation for the Lluèrnia Festival in Olot transforms the extension of a privately owned crater into a meeting space.
The volcanic landscape of La Garrotxa is made up of more than forty volcanoes. The Garrinada volcano is located on the northern edge of the town and its diameter is approximately equal to that of the historic center.
The topography of the crater enclosure delimits the site. Therefore, the intervention focuses on sheltering and activating the place to reuse it as a community space. The threshold weaves the existing infrastructure, nature, avoiding the support provided by the ground. This is how the holm oak stands alone in the most urban area with the forest that confronts it on the slope of the volcano.
The installation is a tribute to the architecture of the envelats (tents or tents), an architecture that had its heyday between the second half of the 19th century and the start of the Civil War. A tribute to trades, to the beauty of lightness and to the intrinsic social value of architecture.
The envelats were born on the occasion of the popularization of ballroom dancing, which required large semi-permanent spaces for celebrations. From this need arose the opportunity to use the technique of sailors for the construction of light, economical and transportable volumes.
The envelat was assembled and disassembled in a single day, it appeared and disappeared as if by magic thanks to the coordinated work of the operators. Groups of approximately ten people at the service of a perfectly thought out and executed assembly, where ingenuity and technical knowledge played a determining role. A space for community celebration, cohesion, representative of the social customs of the moment.
The construction strategy is defined based on circular economy objectives. The materials used, ropes, tapes and pulleys, return to their usual use at the end of the two nights of the festival: fishing, transport and cargo movement, respectively.
The 10 kilometers of polyethylene rope weave in a fan the 150 meter diameter of the crater.
The 50 trucker tapes hug the trees of the forest to avoid wearing away the bark on their trunks.
The 50 pulleys solve the transition between the tapes and the ropes, making it possible to tension them.
The 100 LEDs attached by carabiners illuminate the sheltered space and become, by means of suspended threads, a playing field.
By day, the shadow is the protagonist melting into the sunset. At night, light becomes relevant, flooding the installation and, by extension, the Festival.
The covered space thus becomes inhabited, public, generating a playful interaction between those who inhabit it. From the inside, a firefly race game board is built, and from the outside, a spectacle of volcanic lightning is observed.
Josep Ferrando Architecture
Fran García, Alberto Pusinelli, Lala Osman, Joana Salvia