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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.

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2019-2023 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

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2019-2023 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Helena Cepeda Inès Martinel Maria Jesús Quintero

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  1. Cementiri de Manresa

    Antoni Rovira i Trias

    Façana monumental amb la porta principal decorada amb pilastres i gran cornisa, sota la qual hi ha un fris amb un baix relleu que representa Jesús pujant al Calvari. Les parets laterals a dita porta estan decorades amb grans làpides. A l'interior, la porta reprodueix la façana d'un temple grec amb dues columnes de capitells dòrics i frontó triangular. A cada banda es desenvolupa un corredor amb columnes clàssiques (12 a cada costat) d'ordre toscà, fins a trobar l'església. En aquests corredors hi ha practicats els nínxols, alguns de gran valor artístic. Dins el recinte tancat pels pòrtics i l'entrada estant disseminats de manera ordenada els panteons i sepulcres familiars, alguns d'ells veritables obres d'arquitectura i escultura de gran qualitat que fan del conjunt un atractiu mostrari dels estils de finals del XIX i començaments del XX. Cal destacar: el sepulcre de la família Portabella i Argullol, construït per l'arquitecte Bernat Pejoan i l'escultor Josep Llimona; el panteó de la família Serra i Santamans, d'estil neoromànic, i el de la família Borràs, d'estil neogòtic. La capella del cementiri és de composició i formalització clàssiques, molt adient al conjunt de la façana exterior-interior. Projecte de l'edifici del 1846.
  2. Casa de la Caritat de Manresa

    Antoni Rovira i Trias

    Edifici aïllat, envoltat de jardí i situat al centre de la ciutat, en la zona de l'eixample vuitcentista. Té un caràcter monumental, de proporcions considerables i estil classicitzant. El sistema estructural de l'edifici és a base de murs de càrrega i forjat. El sostre és de revoltó ceràmic i biguetes d'acer laminat. Els murs de càrrega són obrats amb blocs de pedra de 50 cm. de gruix. La façana principal presenta un cos central un xic més elevat que la resta i una torre a cada extrem de façana. La decoració és d'estil neoclàssic. Al cos principal hi ha un portalada de mig punt, flanquejada per unes columnes adossades amb capitell jònic; remata el cos un frontó triangular. El campanar és d'espadanya. La resta de façana és també de línia molt clàssica i regular. El seu fundador fou el manresà Francesc Cots i Argullol, que no pogué veure acabada l'obra, ja que va morir poc desprès de començar-se el projecte d'aquesta. El projecte s'encarregà a l'arquitecte barceloní Antoni Rovira i Trias. Es va posar la primera pedra el 3 de maig de 1857 i la part principal de l'edifici s'acabà a l'agost del 1859. El 14 de març de 1879 es van començar les obres de l'església, que fou beneïda el 12 d'octubre de 1881. S'han fet diverses reformes a la construcció, essent la més important la de l'arquitecte Alexandre Soler i March, que reformà la façana principal i construí uns cossos laterals. Actualment es troba en fase de restauració.
  3. Development of La Ciutadella Park

    Josep Fontserè i Mestre, Elies Rogent Amat, Antoni Rovira i Trias

    Development of La Ciutadella Park

    The Ciutadella Park extends over the remains of the old fort that was built in the 18th century to control Barcelona militarily, together with the Montjuïc Castle, and to be able to subject the city to crossfire if it revolted again. Once the space around the city had been cleared and the Cerdà plan had begun its works, the military imposed the condition that the land should be turned into a park for the fort’s demolition. This is submitted to a competition, which is won by Josep Fontserè thanks to his ability to hand over the land against the remains of the Ribera district, demolished precisely to build the fort, and against the growing city organised by Cerdà. Against the Ribera district, Fontserè organises an urbanization which depends on the Passeig del Born and the current Passeig Picasso, both parallel, culminating in the Born market. Against the Eixample, Fontserè has what will become the Passeig de Sant Joan. The project suffers from two major setbacks: the first one happens when Fontserè is forced to preserve part of the Ciutadella buildings (such as the one that currently houses Parliament of Catalonia) and to have a water tank that ends up being turned into a monumental waterfall. Fontserè does the project with the collaboration of Antoni Gaudí, then still a student. The second setback is the 1898 Exhibition, which delays its development. This is carried out episodically over the following decades, never completed on the southern slope where Mayor Porcioles will end up building the Zoo that prevents the connection with Poblenou. Today, all the romantic-inspired gardens, preserved by existing buildings and those built in the early 20th century, which produce one of the most pleasant walks in the city, are preserved. The monumental waterfall, where Gaudí played a decisive role, is still open to the public and can be visited. The park is guarded by a perimeter fence and the Zoo is still awaiting relocation. When this is done, the park will finally reach its original perimeter.
  4. Sant Antoni Market

    Josep Maria Cornet i Mas, Antoni Rovira i Trias

    The Sant Antoni market is located outside the gate of the wall that bore its name, on a spontaneous market that exists outside the walls and adjacent to what used to be the Madrid road (now Mistral Avenue). Rovira i Trias, who lost the competition for the Eixample district in Barcelona, takes over Ildefons Cerdà’s winning proposal by arranging, in the middle of the whole square that the market occupies, a dome in the form of a covered square, designed in collaboration with Josep M. Cornet i Mas and with analogous dimensions to those of a junction of the Eixample. Four symmetrical pavilions face the chamfers, as arranging them turned ninety degrees from the direction of the streets (i.e., diagonally) allows them to reach the maximum inscribable length on a square. The perimeter of the square is closed and the spaces between the fence and the façades of the market are treated as yards for unloading goods. Leaning on this perimeter fence, a perimeter canopy is set up where a well-known foreign market takes place. There you can find everything on Sunday mornings, and it is a sight to behold and a place to take in the city. The refurbishment has two underground floors under the archeologically restored market, with the refurbished stalls. Excavations for the site have uncovered remains of the bastion of the wall, which have been incorporated into the project. It demolishes the perimeter fence, preserving the canopy to open the old courtyards of goods and turn them into public squares. One of these depresses an entire floor to allow access to the remains of the bastion and becomes an access to a new commercial plinth. The refurbishment will show the whole of the perfectly restored old market and will value its side façades, which were initially closed, a service architecture that has been dignified over the years. The new architecture will strengthen the civic character and, at the same time, enhance the historical memory of the place.
  5. La Barceloneta Market

    Antoni Rovira i Trias

    The market refurbishment is motivated by its outdated nature from a programmatic point of view. The new market incorporates a hospitality school, office space and some restaurants, in addition to two parking floors and the arrangement of two new spaces on the two main façades. The refurbishment chooses to place the new pieces of the program suspended from the roof, forming a series of variable sections and using the same profiles of the old structure. Thus, the life of the old market can continue regardless of the new additions. The accesses from both squares are also modified, in order to favour the recreational activities that take place there. The result of the intervention are bodies added to the periphery of the old structure, which allow a new image to be generated and reflect its added character to a space and activities that continue to exist as before.

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