Designed by Hidalgo Hartmann Arquitectura, CRAM Foundation is located in El Prat de Llobregat, Spain. The new facilities for the CRAM Foundation are located in the old golf course in Prat de Llobregat’s coastal corridor, with an area of approximately 20,000 sq m. The new building sits between the House Ricarda by Antonio Bonet Castellana to the north and the Club de Golf de José António Coderch and Robert Terradas to the south. Among such illustrious neighbours the project is situated from a position of respect, both to the existing buildings and the magnificent site, allied to merge into one indissoluble entity.
A centre without reference and a pioneer in Europe, the design incorporates the knowledge of CRAM to produce a facility that can effectively develop the three basic guidelines of the foundation: the care and rescue of marine protected species; the tasks of conservation, research and training and finally the social awareness campaigns on the state of the marine environment and its problems. The project seeks to balance the clinical program of research and the public program with the minimum possible means; a key factor in defining the architectural features and volume of the project as a whole.