Intro

About

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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

credits

About us

Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 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:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

Works

On the Map

Constellation

Cronology

  1. Agbar Tower

    Ateliers Jean Nouvel, b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, Jean Nouvel, Fermín Vázquez Huarte-Mendicoa

    Agbar Tower

    La Torre Agbar és un "petit gratacels" de 35 plantes i 142 m d’alçada. La seva forma imita un brollador d’aigua en constant i estabilitzada pressió, imatge idònia per a la seu corporativa d’una companyia d’aigües. Estructuralment, l’edifici respon a un model de nucli i perímetre exterior portants que transmeten les càrregues d’unes plantes lliures de recolzaments intermedis. Constructivament, es tracta de dos cilindres de formigó de planta oval en els quals es recolzen trames de jàsseres metàl·liques que suporten forjats de xapa d’acer grecada i una capa de formigó. L‘excentricitat del nucli organitza la planta tipus: l’espai lliure es comprimeix en el vestíbul d’ascensors i s’expandeix, gradualment, generant l’espai de les oficines. El cilindre exterior és recte fins la planta 18, on les seves generatrius comencen a corbar-se cap l’interior disminuint paulatinament de secció fins la 26. Aquí s’interromp el formigó i una cúpula de vidre amb estructura metàl·lica remata l’edifici. Les últimes 6 plantes, formades per forjats postensats de formigó, queden suspeses en voladís. El mur exterior es "pixelitza" segons una trama de mòdul gairebé quadrat. Sobre aquesta retícula es disposen les finestres, configurant una “cal·ligrafia”: la densitat de perforacions en el mur ve condicionada, en part, per la radiació solar. Seguint aquest entramat, es col·loquen mòduls de xapa d’alumini lacat en 25 colors diferents i una segona pell de lames de vidre amb diferents graus de transparència que difuminen la torre.
  2. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Agbar Tower

    Ateliers Jean Nouvel, b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, Jean Nouvel, Fermín Vázquez Huarte-Mendicoa

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