Can Quel, Creation Factory
The old Can Quel textile factory, an emblematic building deeply rooted in the history of l’Esquirol, is transformed into a public center for socio-cultural creation. A factory of creation.
This municipal building recovers the idea of culture, intervention, and the link with the territory, and is committed to being a platform that contributes to social transformation and sustainable development in Collsacabra, and l’Esquirol in particular.
The Can Quel creation factory, re-exists based on the motto “our future is quality” that is still in the factory, but now is related to culture and community. Likewise, it provides answers to every phase of creative processes and knowledge production -generating individual and/or collective workspaces and making resources available to artists, entities, cultural and social agents, and the public. In addition, it offers educational resources and visibility of projects and activities that reinforce the municipality of Esquirol as a cultural and social pole in Collsacabra.
It is committed to direct collaboration with the different groups to co-manage the equipment, in order to be the ones who shape and make the project grow.
Can Quel creation factory would be defined from the following three axes:
- Cross-border culture and education
- Places of life and social gathering
- Respect and commitment to the environment and the territory
The participatory process was designed following the PRA methodology (Participatory Research-Action) with the aim of incorporating the maximum diversity of intergenerational perspectives and promoting an inclusive space at l’Esquirol. During the participatory process, the Functional Program, the architectural and urban intervention criteria, the management model, the execution phases, and the management of the “meanwhile” were worked with the local community.
Type of project
3 months 
Municipality of l’Esquirol
Barcelona Provincial Council
Boix, Marc Deu, Alba
Neighbors of l’Esquirol
Technical and political team
of City’s Council