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  • Espai Cràter

  • Address

    • Carrer Macarnau, 55
  • Phone number

    • 972 27 91 32
  • Town

    Olot

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Espai Cràter, a journey to the centre of life. A fully interactive exhibition with excellent content.

Structured in various areas, the Espai Cràter exhibition explains the volcanoes of La Garrotxa and the world, as well as the particular relationship between volcanoes and their environment. It does this 100% interactively using various exhibition languages: audiovisuals, immersive experiences, photographs and video mapping. It also has a 15 m2 model that explains the formation of La Garrotxa, gaming options and many other surprises! The exhibition also has a big lapilli slope proving we are inside the Puig del Roser volcano and allowing us to see inside it.

The permanent Espai Cràter exhibition has been curated by Geociències Barcelona – CSIC, and developed by the company Indissoluble. Its content and form make it the leading volcanology exhibition in Spain. 

 

TIMETABLE

From October to May

From Monday to Friday
From 10 to 14 and from 15 to 18

Saturdays
From 10 to 14 and from 15 to 19

Sundays
From 10 to 14

From June to September

From Monday to Sunday
From 10 to 14 and from 16 to 20

Special Schedules
25 and 26 December and 1 January
Closed

 

Additional services:

- Parking in Pàrquing centre with special discounts when you buy an exhibition ticket online

- Bike parking

 

THE BUILDING, PART OF THE VISITOR EXPERIENCE

 

The architecture teams BCQ Architects and Vol Studio designed the building. Half buried and within a volcano, the idea is that it should also form part of the experience. Visitors can see inside the Puig del Roser volcano in the expographic room.

The Espai Cràter is a building with accesses and routes suitable for everyone, with four differentiated rooms. The Cambra room currently hosts the permanent exhibition on volcanology and society, where the volcanoes of La Garrotxa can be experienced in a global context. The Magma Room, idea of hosting a wide variety of cultural and business events, has capacity for 110 people. It boasts unbeatable acoustics, high-definition projection and a streaming broadcasting service. The Bufador Room is the place where most of the educational activities go on, with direct access to the exhibition room. Finally, the Zona Sísmica, on the first floor, is the creative laboratory, designed for participatory activities or small-format presentations.

The facilities are completed by the entrance hall, the non-gendered toilets, the souvenir and local products shop and the urban park of 3,000 m2 above the building. In this large open space, visitors can also see a drystone wall, a technique declared by UNESCO to be Intangible Cultural Heritage. 

In accordance with the philosophy of the project to tackle global challenges with effects at local level, Espai Cràter is a sustainable building largely using geothermal energy. It has 17 wells 100 m deep and it consumes no fossil energy in order to operate. 

 

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE ACTIVITIES

 

As a socio-educational space, Espai Cràter is committed to opening up to people and groups in the city, taking an active part in its development and creating a valuable, inclusive educational approach. So, it has developed a Socio-educational Project with the UdG and environmental education companies in the area that has laid the basis for the educational activities guide. 

In 2022, Espai Cràter is offering ten integrating educational activities for different educational levels helping students to discover and love the world around them to learn to take care of it. The different approaches are designed to generate a positive experience, stimulate curiosity and achieve knowledge through observation, experience and experimentation. The aim is to awaken a scientific spirit of research among students.

The importance of the volcanoes for our region and the interest in studying them following the recent eruption on La Palma means that, at the moment, school visits for the first months of operation of the Espai Cràter are already almost fully booked.

 

RESEARCH, KNOWLEDGE AND DEVELOPMENT 

 

As a scientific space, Espai Cràter wants to become a leader in the field of volcanology, creating alliances with education centres, institutions and organisations to promote projects and activities. The first step has been signing an agreement with the CSIC, which allows it to access the biggest scientific space in Spain and take an active part in large-scale research projects with international impact. 

 

A PROGRAMME FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY

 

Exhibitions, audiovisuals, debates and workshops – the Espai Cràter designs a programme in which the diverse approaches, forms of participation and languages are the keys to reaching the whole community. That means full commitment to creating and promoting the socio-cultural aspect of this public space. 

 

ESPAI CRÀTER: A JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF LIFE

 

Espai Cràter is a contemporary project working in an innovative, experiential and participative way to tackle global challenges with effects at local level. It is a local facility that generates value for the county of La Garrotxa, developing economic, social and ecological sustainability. Espai Cràter welcomes ideas that help to preserve our landscape, understand the world better and create a better society.

Full information can be found at espaicrater.com or on its social media profiles (@espai_crater).

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