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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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  1. Mercaders House

    Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT), Enric Miralles i Moya, Benedetta Tagliabue

    Mercaders House

    Casa en el casco antiguo de Barcelona. Detrás de una falsa pared con una serie de arcos goticos, surgió un capitel con forma de angel, con su dedo índice indicando el corazón... Ha sido un trabajo de limpieza, de acercamiento y descubrimiento de la intesidad del uso de la construcción... Siempre los mismos muros... ...y los suelos, usados y reusados desde la epoca gotica hasta hoy... ...Aprender a convivir con una estructura dada, de segunda mano, como buscando dentro de los bolsillos de un viejo abrigo, depositando las cosas encontradas sobre una superficie limpia... Esta casa funciona como un tablero de ajedréz. Las piezas se mueven según las reglas de cada objeto...Tienen que volver siempre al punto inicial para reempezar el juego... En este sentido el suelo, que vuelve a colocar las piezas existentes delante de las ventanas, ...o la pintura de las paredes que descubre los fragmentos encontrados, son las reglas del juego... Entre ellos se mueven ordenadamente mesas, libros, sillas...
  2. Enric Miralles Library

    Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT), Enric Miralles i Moya, Benedetta Tagliabue

    Enric Miralles Library

    Unos libros y un sueño… El edificio es una construcción Cualquiera en un jardín…. No guarda ningún recuerdo Del carácter institucional de las bibliotecas. ….Son unos muros que quizá estaban en este lugar. Nosotros hemos estado intentando a través de diferentes caminos Dar a la biblioteca un tipo de gravedad de laberinto. Una serie de habitaciones y jardines ensamblados de manera no lineal. El edificio es un experimento que usa cada desarrollo del proyecto… Sus continuos cambios y variaciones, Así como la autoridad de aceptar el resultado final… Solamente una curiosidad: El Palacio de deportes de Isozaki es Nuestro vecino. Y Palafolls, dirigido por su alcalde Valentí Agustí, está construyendo una ciudad donde él nos pide a los arquitectos que construyamos según nuestros sueños.
  3. Diagonal Mar Park

    Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT), Enric Miralles i Moya, Benedetta Tagliabue

    Diagonal Mar Park

    El parc vertebra els diversos complexos d’habitatge que formen Diagonal Mar. Organitza l’enorme parcel·la, d'unes quantes illes d’extensió, que forma el complex de complexos d’habitatge que és Diagonal Mar mitjançant una contradiagonal perpendicular a l’avinguda Diagonal, com una reserva d’espai que connecta els edificis gegantins posteriors amb el mar, a través de la parcel·la, mitjançant un pont que encara no s’ha construït. L’aigua freàtica (ja present al terreny) és el fil conductor del parc. Tota la part nord, fins al carrer Taulat, es disposa al voltant d’un llac de contorn irregular, a diversos nivells i amb cascades entre aquests que oxigenen l’aigua i n’impedeixen l’oxidació. Unes fonts de disseny gairebé cal·ligràfic, consistents en perfils metàl·lics galvanitzats doblegats sobre si mateixos en una agrupació gairebé vegetal, polvoritzen aigua i singularitzen l’inici nord del parc, així com el seu contacte amb la Diagonal. El parc presenta una sèrie de circuits per a vianants a diverses velocitats, a tall de passejos, que permeten gaudir de l’espai lliure que crea. El tret més destacat consisteix en una vegetació exuberant, majoritàriament autòctona, que comprèn més de 35 espècies diferents d’arbres i una varietat enorme d’espècies arbustives entapissants, algunes de les quals dins el llac mateix. Unes pèrgoles de disseny singular contribueixen a ombrejar les zones d’estada i de joc, mitjançant vegetació de poca alçària (com parres i esparregueres) que creix sobre unes malles metàl·liques i forma uns umbracles naturals sobre el cap dels usuaris. Les reixes del parc no es disposen al perímetre d'aquest, sinó que creen bosses que tendeixen a confondre l’interior i l’exterior, passant pel mig dels parterres i deixant parts del parc a l'exterior, al carrer. El conjunt resulta molt agradable per passejar-hi, colorista, sensual, en la tradició dels millors parcs modernistes de Catalunya. Resulta molt diferent de la resta de parcs dissenyats al país els darrers anys.
  4. Remodelling and Rehabilitation of the Old Santa Caterina Market

    Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT), Enric Miralles i Moya, Benedetta Tagliabue

    Remodelling and Rehabilitation of the Old Santa Caterina Market

  5. La Clota House

    Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT), Enric Miralles i Moya, Benedetta Tagliabue

    La Clota House

    The Clota district, close to the Vall d’Hebron, is one of the few places in Barcelona where we can still find some orchards and agricultural buildings on the ground floor and the first floor. The project addresses the renovation and merging of two of these buildings to form a single dwelling. The existing spaces had very small dimensions, which is why some holes have been opened in the various rooms and natural light has been allowed to enter. The structure of the existing buildings has been maintained, although the slab of one of the two houses has been emptied to double the height of the library, and a new façade has been built in the garden in order to expand the house a little bit. The resulting house combines pre-existing elements and new additions in such a way that they are indistinguishable, simulating the reform of the new facings or by the materials’ finishing touches. The new construction procedures used mimic the procedures of the old houses and some structural elements are visible, such as the wooden crossbeams of the library’s casting.
  6. Gas Natural Headquarters

    Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT), Enric Miralles i Moya, Benedetta Tagliabue

    Gas Natural Headquarters

    The building recovers the former grounds of the Gas Company, which has been converted into a park presided over by the new headquarters. The new tower is decomposed into four well-differentiated bodies, with the aim of assuming its uniqueness and establishing a dialogue with the elements of the environment: the passage of the coastal belt, on one side, and the low houses on the other side. These four volumes have a name that identifies them: the tower is the tallest, H-shaped volume, formed by the union of two narrower bodies of different heights. The bracket is a body attached to the tower that, through its lower surface, marks the entrance to the entire building. The aircraft carrier is a long, low, cantilevered body that restores the tower’s ladder horizontally and faces the entrance, along with the corbel. The fourth body is the waterfall, a volume attached to the ground with a stepped façade that restores the staircase of the surrounding buildings. All four bodies are articulated as parts of the same conception, and the glass enclosure of each part collects the shadows of the neighbouring bodies, in a game of transparencies and reflections that give rise to an unreal and dematerialised image.
  7. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Interior Design

    FAD Award

    La Clota House

    Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT), Enric Miralles i Moya, Benedetta Tagliabue

  8. Santa Caterina Housing Units for the Elderly

    Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT), Enric Miralles i Moya, Benedetta Tagliabue

    Santa Caterina Housing Units for the Elderly

  9. Figueres Social Housing Units

    Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT), Benedetta Tagliabue

    Figueres Social Housing Units

    La parcel.la que l’Incasol ens havia donat tenia una gran complicació. Era un triangle molt estret i irregular que havia de tancar una plaça circular interior i al mateix temps conectar un nou espai verd i un carrer. Hem decidit per un esquema sutil, casi com una serp, que es podia adaptar bé a la dificultat geomètrica de la parcel.la. Les plantes baixes són per la majoria porxades i permeten conectar el carrer, els espais verds i la plaça circular. L’edifici actua aixi com a connecció d’espais. Els pisos, per lloguers a gent Jove són tots de 40m2. S’ha decidit per una unitat d’ habitatge de 5m de profunditat (com una casa antiga) i 8 d’ample, per permetre una façana única al carrer i una gran finestra que unifica l’espai. Les finestres son bow windows que fan que tot l’habitatge sigui com un únic espai. M’agradaria veure aquestes finestres durant la utilització dels pisos amb la vida del interior entrant al carrer.
  10. Els Colors Park

    Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT), Enric Miralles i Moya, Benedetta Tagliabue

  11. Games House at the Güell Estate

    Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT), Enric Miralles i Moya, Benedetta Tagliabue

  12. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner (ex aequo). Category: Outdoor Spaces

    FAD Award

    Els Colors Park

    Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT), Enric Miralles i Moya, Benedetta Tagliabue

  13. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Outdoor Spaces

    FAD Award

    Diagonal Mar Park

    Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT), Enric Miralles i Moya, Benedetta Tagliabue

  14. Premi Ciutat de Barcelona

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture and Urbanism

    Premi Ciutat de Barcelona

    Remodelling and Rehabilitation of the Old Santa Caterina Market

    Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT), Enric Miralles i Moya, Benedetta Tagliabue

  15. EU Mies Award

    Nominated
    Gas Natural Headquarters

    Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT), Enric Miralles i Moya, Benedetta Tagliabue

  16. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Enric Miralles Library

    Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT), Enric Miralles i Moya, Benedetta Tagliabue

Audiovisual

  • IAAC Lecture Series 2013 - Benedetta Tagliabue

    1:09:53

    IAAC Lecture Series 2013 - Benedetta Tagliabue

  • IAAC Lecture Series 2012 - Benedetta Tagliabue

    54:00

    IAAC Lecture Series 2012 - Benedetta Tagliabue

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