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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

    Joan Montero Pazos, Jaume Seguí Alea, Francesc Vayreda i Bofill

    Block J of Montbau Estate

    In general, in the blocks built in the 60s there is a clear differentiation between the structural and the closing purposes that are manifested in the external appearance. Good results were achieved with simple resources, within the reach of the economy of social housing, giving a certain prestige to the ensembles and thus to the idea of creating neighbourhoods with which the residents could feel identified and proud. The materials are left as they are, façades that show unclad brick, pure volumes, without pitched roofs or cornices or plinths, still built with load-bearing walls. The innovation in Block J comes from the use of reinforced ceramics in the slabs, which has a structural behavior like that of reinforced concrete. The resulting formal "sincerity" is recognised in the overhangs of the balconies and in the composition of the factory, with successive vertical and horizontal joints, making the loss of the structural role of the façade lock obvious.
  2. Blocs d'Habitatges al Sud-Oest del Besòs

    Pau Monguió i Abella, Joan Montero Pazos, Jaume Seguí Alea, Francesc Vayreda i Bofill

    Blocs d'Habitatges al Sud-Oest del Besòs

  3. Parish Church of Sant Jeroni de Montbau

    Pau Monguió i Abella, Francesc Vayreda i Bofill

    Parish Church of Sant Jeroni de Montbau

    The construction of the church of Montbau does not escape the influence of the European architecture of the time. Not only because the first idea was to propose the architect Le Corbusier for the design - his advanced age was a definitive factor in refusing the commission -, but also because of the construction system chosen by the winning team, formed by the architects Vayreda and Montguió in 1963. The different volumes that make up the program are linked by an outer canopy that unifies the whole and gives a human scale to the accesses, to discover, once inside, a much more important volume. The structure of this interior is solved with a plot of metal pillars with a roof with lowered vaults of reinforced concrete. A technological innovation of the traditional Catalan vault and which had also been the object of study and of subsequent use in some works by Le Corbusier himself, such as the Maisons Jaoul.
  4. Habitatges Panyo 11

    Pau Monguió i Abella, Francesc Vayreda i Bofill

    Habitatges Panyo 11

  5. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Interior Design

    FAD Award

    Publications and Building Information Office Floor of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

    Pau Monguió i Abella, Francesc Vayreda i Bofill

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