- What is happening
The building in which Citilab is located, the old Can Suris factory, was built in 1897 as the core of an industrial colony in which several generations of Cornellà citizens worked all throughout the years. After a deep improvement process, it still keeps, in its appearance and architecture, the 19th century industrial essence, but adapted to the new 21st century needs. Its main features are the brick facade, the vaulted ceilings, the pitched roof, the porch structure with cast iron pillars, and the old steam chimney.
Fontanals i Suris
The spinning mill Fontanals i Suris was founded in 1913 as a continuation of the Sala i Cia company, founded in 1897, when the building was built. It got later merged with 11 other factories to get over the financial crisis caused by the 1929's crack, and Josep Maria Suris was the chief manager of this industrial complex until its dissolution in 1935.
This video is a piece of work from Seniorlab's Project members. Aware of the uniqueness
of the building that hosts them, they found appropiate to dive into its history.
Josep Maria Suris eventually retired from the factory management in 1943, after a legal process opened against him for the lack of activity during the Spanish Civil War (a period during which the building was used as a barracks by the Franco troups). The production eventually stopped in 1978, and the building fell into desuse for more than 30 years.
The idea of Citilab
It was not until well into the 21st century that a new use was found for the Can Suris building. After Cornellà's city council bought the building, a remodeling and adaptation process was held from 2003 to 2007, when Citilab started working.
At the end of the 19th century, the steam chimneys were the symbol of change, of innovation, of the transformation in industrial societies. More than 100 years after that, Can Suris' chimney reminds us that there's a new revolution going on: the Knowledge Society.