On an abandoned vineyard in Spanish Catalonia’s Priorat region, a tiny cabin was built in 32 hours with a blockhouse system- without screw or nails- to serve as a dismountable shelter for artists, artisans and anyone wanting to find inspiration from this “forgotten place”. The 6.5m3 hut is a part of Camp Commons, an itinerant camp that will move between forgotten territories every 5 to 6 years.
Aixopluc (Catalan for “shelter”), the group behind the project, aims to create a “shelter for ideas” in this new wilderness. “A musician can tell his proposal through a song; a biologist can explain a strategy to strengthen some part of the ecosystem; a writer, a tale; an architect, a shelter made with the resources at hand; an enologist, a new way of making wine. All these documents are made in situ and become a mapping of the site and its potentialities, tracks of your life in this ecosystem.”
Noticing a “renaturalization” process beginning in many occidental countries (after the past centuries overdevelopment), rather than leaving these new wild places alone, the group hopes to become positive agents for change in these newly communal spaces.
Ricard Pau of Aixopluc explains how the group hopes for a symbiosis between the location and its guests in a place disconnected from technology where one must reconnect with the natural cycles of the day and nature.