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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

Memory

Nascut a Barcelona el 6 de juliol de 1821. Fill d'una família dedicada a la venda de materials per a la construcció i amb interès per l'arquitectura ja des de molt jove, va començar els seus estudis d'arquitectura a l'Escola de Llotja de Barcelona l'any 1840 i fins a l'any 1845, any en què va néixer l'"Escuela Especial de Arquitectura a Madrid", lligada a la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando on va ser admès com a alumne de tercer curs. Va obtenir el títol d'arquitecte el 20 de febrer de 1851. Un any més tard va ingressar al cos de catedràtics en guanyar la Càtedra de Topografia i Composició de l'Escola de Mestres d'Obres de Barcelona. Va viatjar l'estiu de 1855 a París (on tornarà el 1869) per tal de visitar l'Exposició Universal de París d'aquell any. A més a més d'anar fins a París, va viatjar també a Estrasburg, Stuttgart, Munic, Nuremberg, Dresden, Berlín i a Potsdam. Va ser nomenat "Acadèmic corresponsal de l'Academia de San Fernando" el 30 de març de 1866 i director de l'Escola Provincial d'Arquitectura de Barcelona l'any 1871 càrrec del qual va dimitir l'any 1889. El dia 26 de gener de 1887 l'alcalde de Barcelona, Francesc Rius i Taulet, li encarregà la direcció d'obres de l'Exposició Universal de Barcelona (1888). Per tirar endavant aquell projecte fa canvis molt importants sobre el projecte original, de Josep Fontserè i Mestre, i aconsegueix que el projecte es realitzi en un temps record amb l'ajut d'un dels seus deixebles, com Domènech i Montaner. Fou membre de l'ara anomenada Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi. Morí a Barcelona el 21 de febrer de 1897.

Source: Arxiu Històric del COAC

Works

On the Map

Constellation

Cronology

  1. Presó Panòptica de Mataró

    Elies Rogent Amat

  2. Ampliació i Reforma del Parc del Laberint d'Horta

    Elies Rogent Amat

  3. Casa del Comte de Fonollar

    Elies Rogent Amat

  4. UB Historic Building

    Elies Rogent Amat

    UB Historic Building

    The University of Barcelona is one of the first buildings to be arranged in the plot designed by Cerdà. Its genesis, however, is older, because Rogent designed several projects for the University in different locations inside the old town that had to return from Cervera to Barcelona after Philip V took it from the city in retaliation for the events of 1714. The final configuration leaves a 130-metre façade on the Gran Via, asymmetrical with respect to Universitat Square, in the middle of two blocks of the Eixample (with a 220-metre front) that it does not fill. The building follows the tradition of the great European universities: two courtyards, one for Science and the one for Humanities, which are completely symmetrical and are separated by a central body with a very powerful marble staircase leading to a beautiful auditorium located above the lobby. The urbanisation of the area, which makes the building adapt to the Cerdà plot, was carried out in the 1930s by architects linked to the GATCPAC. On the short sides, facing Aribau and Balmes streets, there are a series of buildings that prevent the full view of the side façades. The building is built in neo-Romanesque style, with a sober, powerful, severe stone façade, built with beautifully preserved ashlars. The interior spaces are of great beauty and the cloisters still retain their original life and still house several schools linked to the current University of Barcelona. Visiting the building means seeing it through the eyes of today's students who, thanks to its flexibility, can continue to use it with the same freshness of the first day. The sequence of spaces formed by the access lobby, made of worked and exposed stone, and some interesting enough vaults that support the Auditorium and the staircase to access it, is particularly recommended. A visit to either of the two cloisters is also recommended.
  5. Casa Evarist Arnús

    Elies Rogent Amat

  6. Antiga Capella del Palau

    Elies Rogent Amat

  7. Museu de Cera de Barcelona

    Elies Rogent Amat

  8. Casa Boada

    Elies Rogent Amat

  9. 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.
  10. 1888 International Exhibition

    Elies Rogent Amat, Antoni Rovira i Trias

    1888 International Exhibition

  11. Council Seminary

    Elies Rogent Amat

    Council Seminary

  12. Magatzems Generals del Dipòsit

    Maurici Garrán, Elies Rogent Amat

Archive

  • Secció transversal de la Universitat Literària de Barcelona.

    Drawing

    Secció transversal de la Universitat Literària de Barcelona.

    Arxiu Històric del COAC

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