CRAM Foundation by Hidalgo Hartmann Arquitectura

Photographer Filippo Poli has sent us his photographs of a centre for rescued turtles, dolphins and birds in Barcelona by Hidalgo Hartmann Arquitectura.

Called CRAM Foundation, the project is situated on a former golf course and makes use of two existing swimming pools plus a former creche building.

This refurbished building forms the administrative centre for the complex and also provides a visitors' information centre.

New structures house the clinic and research facilities.

The layout means tours can be conducted around the three areas without disrupting the foundation's work.

Here's some text from the architects:

El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona. 2007-2010

CRAM Foundation is an organization dedicated to the protection of the environment and the species that inhabit it. Its main activity is the clinic and rescue of endangered marine species which vary the Catalan coast, for a later reintroduction to the wild.

The Foundation also carries out different lines of work in conservation investigation and education, all accompanied by social awareness campaigns on the state of the marine environment and its problems.

The new facilities of the CRAM Foundation are located in the former golf course of El Prat de Llobregat.

The project incorporates part of the existent constructions like two outdoor pools and a building housing the former Kindergarden of the Golf Club.

This building was totally refurbished and is designed in part to the administration of the whole complex and in part to inform and disseminate the visitors of all the activity of the CRAM.

The clinic building is newly built and placed in the existing pool area. It consists of indoor and outdoor spaces extended on a surface of more that 10.000M2 where the task of healing and care of the turtles, dolphins and birds are performed.

The third building dedicated to post-mortem studies is also a new construction and houses the autopsies and research program.

The configuration of the three buildings allows public guided tours without any interference with the daily work of the foundation and the welfare of the animals.

Authors of the project: HIDALGO.HARTMANN, Jordi Hidalgo Tané, architect, Daniela Hartmann, interior designer.

Technical Architect: TYPSA, Juan Matias Soriano, Technical Architect.

Engineer: Arquitècnics, Saura Josep Maria Pla, engineer.

Colaborators: Torrent Rafel Serra, Technical Architect, Ana Roque, architect.

Promoters: Ministerio de Fomento, Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Medi Ambient, Ayuntamiento del Prat de Llobregat, AENA Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea.

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