Can Canyameres: Community and Culture

This project has been carried out with the main objective of deciding the transformation of the old farmhouse of Can Canyameres into a reference facility at the neighbourhood and municipal level,   proposing executive criteria which define the uses and the building design. These criteria are based, fundamentally, on the conclusions generated from the realization of a participatory process with the inhabitants of Sant Cugat, in close collaboration with the technical and political team of the municipality.

Regarding the complex of Can Canyameres, it is an emblematic space and deeply rooted in the agricultural and architectural history of Sant Cugat, which is transformed into a space dedicated to culture, neighbourhood and cooperation. A community and cultural space.

The proposal treats the complex as a third space (complementary to the house and the work space) that has a prominent role in the public life of Sant Cugat. A space of trust and welcome, a space of social integration where people can access knowledge, be part of the community and try new creative activities. A place where inequalities in local society can begin to be addressed by fostering a sense of place and belonging because the place is created according to the needs of users.

This municipal resource is part of the network of local cultural facilities and is dedicated to the community, culture, learning, environment and inclusion and is committed to being a platform that contributes to the social transformation of Sant Cugat and the neighbourhood of Volpelleres in particular.

With this process, it is committed to close collaboration between the different groups, entities, associations and the city council. The container is managed by the city council, while the content is coordinated by the public. This coordination of the complex turns into a symbol of “us”,  creating a mutual trust between the community and the administration, making Can Canyameres project grow.

In this case, the Can Canyameres project and its activation proposal, aims to build basic values such as trust and respect, which help to create sustainable social development in the municipality. Thus, the project is inspired and organized with the concept of the Catalan farmhouse and the philosophy of Modernism. From this, the Can Canyameres complex is organized into three spaces that are interconnected and complementary: 

Creation space (The modernist house)
It is the space where workshops, courses or activities related to art and cultural innovation take place.

Meeting space (Ground Floor of the Farmhouse)
It is the space where “neighbourhood is made” with places of socialization and interaction, and it is where the creations of the community are made visible, where the exchange of knowledge and collective learning takes place.

Reflection space (First Floor of the Farmhouse)
It is the space where content and container management takes place, and it is where the courses and trainings take place. It is in this space that community innovation takes shape.


Sant Cugat

[90,664  inhabitants]



Tipus de projecte

Urban Strategies

Citizen cooperation


5 months [2021]


Municipality of Sant Cugat

del Vallès



*estel (Konstantina

Chrysostomou, Arnau

Boix, Marc Deu, Alba




Neighbors of Sant Cugat

del Vallès

Entities and associations

Technical and political team

of the city council


Check the presentation

at prezi 



Watch the video of the

process on youtube



Read more about the project

at decidim