The idea for the project started in 1999, and in 2000 the Pyrenees Sustainable Development Center was created. In 2004, self-awareness workshops in nature and a working group for the creation of a specialized center on ecological awareness were started.
In 2012, Ferran Pauné, passionate about nature and human development, purchased an old farm and started an architectural project, purchasing and using locally available natural building materials. In 2018, the Cooperativa Compartint Consciència with Feliu Funollet, professor of nature sports, was founded, with the aim of promoting the works as well as a greater diversity of courses. With the help of new partners, construction is projected to begin in 2021.
L’Orri is a farm acquired by Ferran Pauné in 2012, with the vision of creating a home for human development The first actions were to think about how to transform an industrial space into a home of knowledge through creative architectural interventions. After numerous field studies to understand the space, the dynamics of the seasons, the sun, the winds, the landscape, urban and architectural proposals were made.
In 2014, local and organic building materials were searched for and prepared, taking into account the minimum carbon footprint in both the construction and the life of the equipment, its integration into the local culture, and the recycling of the equipment the day they become obsolete. Materials such as wood, straw or artisanal lime were chosen. By agreement with the municipality, timber trees were purchased from the communal forest, which were carefully chosen one by one. Later the pieces were sawed in a local sawmill.
It is currently ready for the start of the building works
Located within 1.5 hectares of meadows and upon a hill where the mountains and valleys converge, the Orri has a stunning natural viewpoint. Surrounded by 360º of mountains, its beauty welcomes visitors coming for a weekend, a week or more to learn, grow and build the future.
The center is located in the Vall de Ribes, where the Pyrenees mountain range houses monasteries that were an important cultural center of medieval Europe. Nestled between natural parks and secular rural centers, its beauty is inspiring. At 115 km from Barcelona it is directly connected by train. The space provides access from this cosmopolitan and dynamic city and facilitates the exchange of international students and experts.
Catalonia is a country born over a thousand years ago around the Pyrenees. At that time the mountain range was the backbone of the country, a meeting place, far from the modern concept of a dividing border between Northern Catalonia, located mainly in France, and Southern Catalonia, within the Spanish State. Campelles is located in Northern Catalonia, in the old county of Cerdanya, one of the counties in the Carolingian empire where the birth of a language, culture and nation differentiated from the eighth century began.
The commercial character of its economy and its confederal political structure, with one of the oldest parliaments in the world, cause the Catalan-Aragonese crown to extend throughout the Languedoc, and later the Mediterranean. Currently Catalan countries include the Valencian Country, the Balearic Islands, Andorra, Catalonia and Alghero, in Sardinia.
Monasteries became great centers of culture in the Middle Ages. The patient gathering of the monks at the monastery desks would keep the intellectual tools of classical civilizations and allow them to survive until today. Near the CCP we find important monasteries such as Ripoll’s and St.’s. Martí de Canigó or the one of Cuixà.
The Catalan Countries have always been a crossroads of cultures and influences. The Catalan cultural tradition, thanks to the resilience of its society and economy, has borne much fruit to humanity, such as the universal literature of Ramon Llull, Joanot Martorell, author of the first modern novel in Europe, or by Miquel Sirvent (known as Cervantes). For example in the Middle Ages the school of Girona (11th to 13th centuries) was the most important Kabbalistic center in the West. Mystics such as Santa Teresa de Jesús, architects like Antoni Gaudí, musicians like Pau Casals or artists like Joan Miró, who were part of the rungs of the dynamic Catalan cultural community.