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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

    José Ballesteros, Joan Carles Cardenal i González, Francisco de la Guardia Conte, Pere Llimona Torras, Xavier Ruiz Vallés

    Agència de Viatges Intertur

  2. Paniker House

    Joan Antoni Ballesteros i Figueras, Joan Carles Cardenal i González, Francisco de la Guardia Conte, Pere Llimona Torras, Xavier Ruiz Vallés

    Paniker House

    Vivienda unifamiliar aislada situada en una zona residencial muy cercana al casco antiguo de Pedralbes. La planta está girada unos treinta grados con respecto a la parcela para que la casa quede orientada hacia el sur, donde dispone de una vista del Monasterio de Pedralbes. El desnivel del terreno ha motivado la creación de una serie de plataformas que permiten salir directamente de las habitaciones al jardín posterior, reservado para los niños. La vivienda está levantada sobre pilares metálicos para mejorar las vistas y conseguir que toda la superficie del terreno, que no es muy grande, se pueda destinar a jardín. La distribución de la casa está organizada alrededor de un patio central ajardinado, que sirve de acceso a la vivienda por debajo. En la parte norte se encuentran las habitaciones de los niños y las de servicio, con un pasillo muy ancho donde se puede estudiar y jugar, y que en un extremo se convierte en el lavadero. En la parte central se encuentran la suite de los padres, el vestíbulo con la escalera y la cocina. Por último, en la parte sur se encuentran el comedor y el estar. La casa está rodeada por una terraza perimetral que se divide en dos partes, una para la zona de día y otra para la zona de noche. La estructura de hormigón es un elemento muy expresivo de la casa. Los cerramientos están estucados de color siena, los techos están pintados de blanco, y las ventanas de madera quedan protegidas con persianas correderas de librillo de color blanco.
  3. Monés Jeweller's

    Joan Antoni Ballesteros i Figueras, Joan Carles Cardenal i González, Francisco de la Guardia Conte, Pere Llimona Torras, Xavier Ruiz Vallés

    Monés Jeweller's

    El edificio fue concebido originalmente como la sede de una fábrica de joyería. La parte baja está planteada como un zócalo transparente que deja ver la estructura y contiene la zona más pública del programa: atención al público, oficinas y sala de exposiciones. En cambio, el volumen superior es mucho más opaco y contiene propiamente la fábrica: talleres de montaje, servicios y vestuarios. La distribución de todas las plantas es muy flexible y sistemática, se organiza a partir de un recorrido perimetral que rodea los espacios de trabajo y el núcleo de comunicación vertical, perpendiculares a la fachada más larga. El volumen superior está aplacado de gresite gris y tiene las oberturas estratégicamente situadas en función de la orientación solar y la voluntad de potenciar la pureza del prisma rectangular. En uno de los testeros aparece un solo corte vertical, mientras que la fachada más larga contiene tres galerías que están protegidas por unos planos de lamas orientables enrasados con la cara exterior. La planta de la cubierta está protegida por un muro opaco de una planta de altura que remata el conjunto y tiene una gran obertura que equilibra la composición general de los huecos.
  4. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Paniker House

    Joan Antoni Ballesteros i Figueras, Joan Carles Cardenal i González, Francisco de la Guardia Conte, Pere Llimona Torras, Xavier Ruiz Vallés

  5. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Monés Jeweller's

    Joan Antoni Ballesteros i Figueras, Joan Carles Cardenal i González, Francisco de la Guardia Conte, Pere Llimona Torras, Xavier Ruiz Vallés

  6. 79 Triplex Homes for RENFE Workers

    Joan Antoni Ballesteros i Figueras, Joan Carles Cardenal i González, Francisco de la Guardia Conte

    79 Triplex Homes for RENFE Workers

    The buildings are located on the edge of Meridiana Avenue, the main artery of the city of Barcelona. At the time when new urban planning was making its way into one of the most disadvantaged sectors of the city, housing had to coexist with industry and the railway in the La Prosperitat neighbourhood. RENFE, with a 3,402 m2 plot of land, decides to build houses under a cooperative system for the company's employees. Ballesteros, Cardenal and La Guàrdia decide to project a set of isolated blocks, four of them in the form of a star and the rest in the form of linear blocks, of which they only get to direct the construction of two of the star towers located at the ends from the site, next to Meridiana Avenue. In a second phase, the original project was varied, and the works were carried out and directed by other architects. With a ground floor and twelve upper floors, the blocks consist of three wings joined by a single central access. The horizontal distributors function as galleries that lead to the 79 homes with three or four bedrooms, developed in triplex with total independence from the living areas and bedrooms, and with laundry-drying racks and terraces in the living rooms. Conventional construction based on reinforced concrete pillars and exterior brick cladding does not prevent the architects from carrying out an innovative typological solution that gives them, in turn, the advantage of eliminating the interior patios and ventilating all the rooms on the façade.
  7. Faculty of Biology of the UB

    Joan Antoni Ballesteros i Figueras, Joan Carles Cardenal i González, Francisco de la Guardia Conte

    Faculty of Biology of the UB

    Given the dimensions of the plot and having to place the dependencies destined to experimental fields in it, with an approximate surface of 1 ha., the organization in concentrated plant and consequent development of the program in height was adopted from the beginning. Because the building was thought of in terms of height, it was considered essential that the relationship between the different floors was not made by simple elements of vertical circulation and consequent distribution steps that would lead to the total independence of the departments. For this reason, two complementary concepts were adopted in the organisation of interior spaces and interrelationships between departments: 1. The vertical circulations are developed around a large courtyard covered by a zenithal lighting element that allows to integrate the different floors with the ground floor where the accesses and general dependencies of common use are located. 2. The departments are related to each other through galleries that surround and configure the said courtyard and where the stairs that save half-height slopes are located, with which the maximum relationship between the departments is achieved, as well as their differentiation by placing each at a different level. In order to record the programs of the different departments of analogous surfaces, prismatic volumes are configured with the necessary setbacks to obtain a maximum of natural lighting. As complementary elements to these volumes and linked to them, staggered cylindrical bodies that house the classrooms are arranged. The formal justification of these cylindrical bodies is determined by the very intrinsic function of the classrooms. The amphitheatre in a quarter-circle solution has been adopted as the standard floor plan for the classrooms and function room, which brings together the advantages of making the most out of the surface and bringing the students closer to the teacher or lecturer.

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