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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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
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2019-2024 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2024 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:

2019-2024 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Helena Cepeda Inès Martinel Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

 

Arxiu Mas

 

Basílica de la Sagrada Família

 

Museu del Disseny de Barcelona

 

EINA Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona

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  1. Sagrat Cor de Jesús Chapel

    Josep Maria Coll i Bacardí

    Sagrat Cor de Jesús Chapel

    Hermitage of small dimensions, with a nave and a roof with a flat brick parabolic vault. The apse is hexagonal and is covered with three pointed vaults that intersect with the nave by means of ridges, and with a pointed arch window in each of the three pinions of the walls of the apse. It is made of brick and white stucco, bordered with a plinth made of pebbles. The main façade has a steeple bell tower over the access door, which remains hidden by the attached construction later and next to the nave which reduces its quality. It is located on top of an artificial hill, caused by the subsidence of the land.
  2. Baumann House

    Josep Maria Coll i Bacardí

    Baumann House

    Detached house of remarkable dimensions, located above the Vallparadís Park and surrounded by gardens. It has a rectangular plan and is made up of several bodies. The rear body possibly resulted from the 1926 extension made by Masdeu, who turned it into his own house. The bodies are of different height and shape, resulting in an interesting game of volumes. The façades are plastered and sgraffito, influenced by the Viennese Secession, very flat and with a succession of narrow vertical openings that create a perfect rhythm between the voids and the wall. It has sloping roofs of glazed tiles, except in the highest body, which takes the form of a quadrangular tower topped by a terrace. It is worth highlighting the black, caramel yellow, specially designed ceramic tiles. The garden fence is also interesting, with pillars decorated with polychrome mosaic and joined with a wrought iron railing. This stately home, which had a beautiful garden, is located on the banks of the Vallparadís stream, above the left bank and next to Pont del Passeig, setting up the beginning of Avinguda Jacquard. Apart from the Masdeu family, who renovated the building in 1926, another owner was Baumann, an industrialist who gave it the name by which the house is known today. It had been proposed, unofficially, that this name be changed to "Casa Coll i Bacardí", taking the name of its architect. The house was once inhabited by its creator, the architect Coll i Bacardí, but he died in 1917. Ernst Baumann, a wool representative who came from Switzerland, used the house for housing and offices until he left the business and the house near 1960. He continued that wool business in Josep Colomer i Montmany, until about five years ago. Then it was definitively abandoned until it was acquired by the Terrassa City Council to adapt it to museum facilities. In the 1990s, conveniently restored, it was used as the seat of the Youth Service of the Terrassa City Council.
  3. Remodelling of the Teatre Principal of Terrassa

    Josep Maria Coll i Bacardí

  4. Casa del Bunyolero

    Josep Maria Coll i Bacardí

    Casa del Bunyolero

    Building between partitions, ground floor and four landings. Façade of symmetrical composition with large balconies with a horizontal rhythm that balance the openings, which follow a vertical rhythm. Interesting building due to its exterior decoration, with majolica that covers the entire façade, reaching up to the upper part, composed of a cornice and a wavy ceramic railing. The majolica pattern, which rests on white backgrounds, frames the openings of the balconies and creates horizontal borders on each floor, at the same time that it fills the gaps between the walls with panels of floral motifs (garlands, pendants, flowers). The railings of the balconies are made of wrought iron, also reproducing floral motifs. Ground floor currently renovated for commercial premises.

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