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In this first stage, the catalogue focuses on the modern and contemporary architecture designed and built between 1832 –year of construction of the first industrial chimney in Barcelona that we establish as the beginning of modernity– until today.

The project is born to make the architecture more accessible both to professionals and to the citizens through a website that is going to be updated and extended. Contemporary works of greater general interest will be incorporated, always with a necessary historical perspective, while gradually adding works from our past, with the ambitious objective of understanding a greater documented period.

The collection feeds from multiple sources, mainly from the generosity of architectural and photographic studios, as well as the large amount of excellent historical and reference editorial projects, such as architectural guides, magazines, monographs and other publications. It also takes into consideration all the reference sources from the various branches and associated entities with the COAC and other collaborating entities related to the architectural and design fields, in its maximum spectrum.

Special mention should be made of the incorporation of vast documentation from the COAC Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.

The rigour and criteria for selection of the works has been stablished by a Documental Commission, formed by the COAC’s Culture Spokesperson, the director of the COAC Historical Archive, the directors of the COAC Digital Archive, and professionals and other external experts from all the territorial sections that look after to offer a transversal view of the current and past architectural landscape around the territory.

The determination of this project is to become the largest digital collection about Catalan architecture; a key tool of exemplar information and documentation about architecture, which turns into a local and international referent, for the way to explain and show the architectural heritage of a territory.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque
Directors arquitecturacatalana.cat

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Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2022 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio
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The Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya is one of the most important documentation centers in Europe, which houses the professional collections of more than 180 architects whose work is fundamental to understanding the history of Catalan architecture. By filling this form, you can request digital copies of the documents for which the Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya manages the exploitation of the author's rights, as well as those in the public domain. Once the application has been made, the Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya will send you an approximate budget, which varies in terms of each use and purpose.

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Works

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  1. Meteorological Centre of Catalonia

    Álvaro Siza Vieira

    Meteorological Centre of Catalonia

    The building meets a mixed-use program, which does not require spaces with a special architectural quality. Siza responds to the many references in the environment with a building of a circular configuration, indifferent, which takes its form with its own logic. The building is organised from a narrow central space at full height, which allows to establish two functional centrelines separated by a traffic corridor. The crucible of intermediate pillars adopts an octagonal shape, and the 16 pillars that form it determine the position of the enclosures, which allows very flexible variants. The resulting cylinder is cut into two bevels on either side, in a remote allusion to the trace of the coastal belt. Up to the third floor, the structure is made of exposed concrete walls, while on the upper two floors it is covered with white stone. The ground floor is accessed directly by eight equidistant doors, so that the whole body reaches a high degree of abstraction.
  2. El Llobregat Sports Park

    Álvaro Siza Vieira

    El Llobregat Sports Park

    El complex esportiu és concebut com un llarg recorregut sinuós que s’inicia en dues rampes o places públiques en pendent, i que culmina en l’espai de la piscina, dotat d’una gran sacralitat. Des de les places es pot accedir a la pista poliesportiva o bé al bloc lineal que conté els gimnasos. D’aquesta manera, el pavelló pot funcionar amb independència de les altres parts, mentre que el corredor del bloc lineal fa d’autèntic distribuïdor del complex. Des d’aquí s’arriba a la piscina coberta. La seva forma és heretada del caldarium romà, amb una cúpula de corba lleu foradada per 62 obertures circulars que doten l’interior d’una llum irreal i difusa. La piscina es perllonga cap a l’exterior i genera una zona de banys a l’aire lliure, envoltada de gespa i tancada per un mur corb que es plega oferint una zona d’ombra. concep el parc esportiu com una experiència de llums i ombres dotada d’una gran riquesa, “un tribut a la qualitat de vida de Cornellà”.
  3. UdL Faculty of Educational Science

    Álvaro Siza Vieira

    UdL Faculty of Educational Science

    L’edifici, situat a la cantonada nord-est del campus de Cappont, adopta la forma d’una L que a la planta baixa s’amplia a una U, distanciant-se del gran volum de la biblioteca universitària, alhora que completa la façana nord del campus i crea una nova plaça pública d’accés i de relació. El gran ràfec de l’ala oest de l’edifici permet d’aconseguir una transició entre l’avinguda Estudi General, de caràcter més urbà, i el jardí interior del campus. El conjunt forma un volum no ortogonal, ja que un dels costats s’orienta cap al buit existent entre la biblioteca i l’Escola Universitària Politècnica, tot oferint un fons escènic a l’espai intersticial visible des de l’avinguda de Jaume II. L’edifici cerca d’aquesta manera el seu lloc dins la façana del campus que dóna a la ciutat. La construcció adopta una estructura modulada que afavoreix, si s’escau, un creixement ordenat o un possible canvi d’ús en el futur.
  4. Auditorium Theatre

    Álvaro Siza Vieira

  5. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Auditorium Theatre

    Álvaro Siza Vieira

  6. Premio Nacional de Arquitectura

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture

Audiovisual

  • Elogio de la luz #4: Álvaro Siza, orden en el caos.

    30:38

    Elogio de la luz #4: Álvaro Siza, orden en el caos.

  • Alvaro Siza in conversation with Diane Gray

    27:42

    Alvaro Siza in conversation with Diane Gray

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