Dry stone construction is a cultural, architectural, artistic and ecological heritage as it represents not only an architectural form but a form of relation between a being and the territory.


It is an example of the tendency towards balanced and sustainable models, one of the principal themes of CACiS’ work.

The technique of dry stone construction dates back to prehistoric times and is widespread throughout the Mediterranean basin. However, the majority of these constructions still standing are dated between the 18th century and the second half of the 19th century.


The use of stone without cement is characteristic of dry stone construction and is used for various types of building. Usually the stones are used as found, without cutting, and are generally quite flat. The stone is cut only for specific pieces, such as a door lintel or a side column.


In the area of Bagès dry stone is connected to rural life and to activities related to the cultivation of grapes. It is not an easy technique and was usually done by groups of specialists who travelled to the place where a building or a repair was required. As its use is being abandoned these buildings are disappearing or falling down.


Recuperating Heritage


From the 1950s onwards, coinciding with the decrease in population, everything that people once built, stone on stone, has been collapsing and nature is taking back all that the ancestors slowly conquered with the sweat of their brow, which is why this landscape is destined to disappear.

The Centre’s contribution

Every year CACiS organizes a weekend for reconstructing wine grower’s huts located close to the Centre.


Little by little we are restoring our heritage, in accord with the philosophy of CACiS, leaving these architecturally valuable constructions of Mediterranean culture to future generations.


Since 2010 we have restored 4 huts and our objective is to continue restoring the heritage around us.