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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

    Cloud 9, Enric Ruiz-Geli

    "Tots som astronautes a bord d'una petita nau espacial anomenada terra" - Buckminster Fuller. Empuriabrava constitueix un nou desenvolupament d'habitatge on l'habitatge és un espai d'automotors i embarcacions. La forma de construir-la és mitjançant CAD-CAM: El computer-aided design de Cloud 9 es connecta al computer-aided manufacturing, aplicat pels diferents col·laboradors del projecte. Aquest procés no només permet construir coses que abans eren impossibles, sinó que tot és una forma de comunicar i gestionar amb els proveïdors i enginyers involucrats. Hi ha un sol model tridimensional del projecte. D'aquest model traiem totes les informacions necessàries per les disciplines individuals. És una manera de comunicació directa. No hi ha un constructor general entre mig. No es perd informació, ni precisió en el camí: la peça tallada en làser és una traducció del dibuix a la realitat. Aquest procés de producció encara no està estandarditzat, i no totes les disciplines estan connectades als mitjans digitals. Per això amb cada industrial, artista o enginyer col·laborador ens hem d'inventar també una manera de comunicar-nos.
  2. Morphorest Shade Structure

    Cloud 9, Enric Ruiz-Geli

    Morphorest Shade Structure

    Constitueix una estructura tensada com un morphing de geometries evolutives sobre les accions o les energies transmeses als arcs. No lluita amb el vent o amb la brisa de la mar sinó que està en una constant dinàmica. És un element que escolta. Construït com un mapa científic per 9.000 fulles de 120 arbres diferents tallades a escala. Es van utilitzar processos CAD-CAM. És una estructura efímera d'ombra ubicada a la zona marítima del Fòrum Universal de les Cultures de Barcelona. L'estructura és flexible i entra en càrrega, en tensió, en suspendre 12 bosses de malla plenes de pedres naturals a manera de contrapès.
  3. Villa Bio

    Cloud 9, Enric Ruiz-Geli

    Villa Bio

    La casa es planteja com un indret que ha d’afavorir uns esdeveniments que transcendeixin els tòpics de la vida domèstica i les servituds del llegat tipològic de l’arquitectura. Es tracta d’una superfície de formigó de secció en forma de C que s’eleva en espiral tot formant quatre trams inclinats, al llarg dels quals es disposen els elements imprescindibles per incentivar les activitats. Les rampes se sostenen pels murs laterals, que són cecs i que, en tenir un sol punt de suport, formen extensos voladissos. La gènesi de la casa ve determinada per la lògica operativa dels programes informàtics emprats.
  4. Media-TIC Building

    Cloud 9, Enric Ruiz-Geli

    Media-TIC Building

    The building aims to exemplify, with its construction, a sustainable, bioclimatic architecture, which avoids the excesses of consumption committed in the past, and optimises the facilities by making them more efficient and allocating them mainly to energetic efficiency. It is located in the Eixample, in Poblenou, overlooking the chamfer, which is left landscaped. It has the shape of an almost perfect cube. The structure is perpendicular to the street and surrounds the building: two gigantic metal screens, which fold in on themselves in a powerful truss that supports the entire building from the roof, form the northeast and southwest of it. The whole forms a C-shaped portico that only touches the ground in these two places. All the forgings are hung up on this artifice. On a ground floor of considerable height, the building has eight office-type floors linked to district 22; (company nurseries, public parts, etc.) completely transparent. The ground floor, which has the entire building suspended above it, forms an open square without a single pillar, very spectacular. The façades are fully glazed and contrast with the structure, painted pistachio green. The east façade, the main one, which contains the access, facing Can Framis, is fully glazed and allows you to appreciate how the entire building is suspended from the upper gable. The south-west façade is protected by a plastic compound inflated with nitrogen, an active skin that responds to the climatic conditions of the environment and increases or reduces thermal insulation automatically. This skin forms the best-known image of the building, which has been named by its authors as "the digital Quarry". The interiors present a surprising continuity and spatiality, the product of a careful design of the continuous floors, the low ceilings, the subtle and light fittings. On the upper floors, the building forms an atrium that provides cross ventilation to the offices and creates a very interesting interior landscape.
  5. EU Mies Award

    Nominated
    Media-TIC Building

    Cloud 9, Enric Ruiz-Geli

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