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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

    Josep Pratmarsó i Parera

    Mas Vidal

    El mas descansa sobre les restes d’una fàbrica medieval formada per les runes d’uns murs de pedra tosca i un pont de volta apuntada. La planta baixa serveix per allotjar algunes dependències secundàries: l’habitatge dels masovers, un estudi i algunes dependències de servei. La resta esdevé un porxo pel qual s’accedeix a la casa, construïda amb una fàbrica de maó que segueix la mateixa traça dels murs inferiors. El cos superior adopta forma de L, amb els paraments emblanquinats i les finestres retallades. El menjador forma un volum que sobresurt, mentre que la sala d’estar s’amaga darrere d’una àmplia terrassa coberta. La casa queda encavalcada per sobre del vell mur per mitjà d’un segon pont, paral·lel a l’antic. Pratmarsó encaixa en tres dimensions la casa de nova planta amb la vella estructura de pedra. Des de la distància, el mas ofereix la imatge d’un acoblament de volums puristes que suren per damunt de l’arbreda.
  2. Garbà House

    Josep Pratmarsó i Parera

    Garbà House

    Situada en un pendent suau orientat al migdia, la casa reprodueix els criteris compositius propis de l’arquitectura tradicional, si bé potenciant els punts en comú amb les millors aportacions de l’arquitectura moderna. El plantejament general separa dos cossos, el diürn, a ponent, i el nocturn, a llevant. Tots dos cossos estan connectats per un corredor vidrat on hi ha l’entrada. Cada estança adopta una configuració pròpia segons la seva bona distribució i orientació. Es prioritza l’ús de materials tradicionals, com ara la teula o els murs de maçoneria, però s’adopten els elements lineals de formigó allà on les obertures requereixen més amplada. Si bé tota la casa descansa sobre el terreny, el cos més avançat emergeix en voladís, i és el més visible des de l’entrada. El perímetre final de la casa no és el resultat de cap intenció volumètrica, sinó d’un seguiment rigorós de les prioritats de la distribució.
  3. Germans Amat School Group

    Oriol Bohigas i Guardiola, Josep Maria Martorell i Codina, Josep Pratmarsó i Parera

    Germans Amat School Group

    In Terrassa there had long been a need to educate a large number of boys and girls who belonged to immigrant families. To solve this problem, the city council acquired three plots of land located on the outskirts of the city, precisely in the areas where the school-age population was most neglected. Analysing this situation, certain political and social parallels could be found with the Catalan national schooling programme proposed by the Republican Generalitat and the GATCPAC in the 1930s. For the three school groups, a common programme was drawn up and the need to standardise as many construction elements as possible was raised to reduce construction costs as much as possible. Based on these premises and to achieve maximum simplicity and clarity of distribution, the architects proposed differentiating the different blocks and playgrounds, connecting the blocks through the gym-function room, orienting and ventilating the classrooms as best as possible, and standardising the constructions and simplifying the structure as much as possible. Taking these guidelines into account, the projects ended up being the result of adapting the school programme to the terrain. The structural system has been standardised for the three school groups and a uniform orthogonal reinforced concrete framework has been used that is evident on the exterior to give an air of constructive sincerity to the complex. This decision responds to economic reasons, but also cultural ones, since it follows the postulates of Grup R to “rescue” the modern movement that had developed during the Republic. Furthermore, the use of load-bearing walls would have made the construction of large windows difficult. The specific function of each building, however, is expressed through the enclosures, which can be opaque or transparent depending on the spatial and lighting needs of the interior (blind walls in the assembly rooms and heavily glazed in the classrooms).
  4. Ramón y Cajal School Group

    Josep Anton Balcells Gorina, Josep Pratmarsó i Parera

    In Terrassa there had long been a need to educate a large number of boys and girls who belonged to immigrant families. To solve this problem, the city council acquired three plots of land located on the outskirts of the city, precisely in the areas where the school-age population was most neglected. Analysing this situation, certain political and social parallels could be found with the Catalan national schooling programme proposed by the Republican Generalitat and the GATCPAC in the 1930s. For the three school groups, a common programme was drawn up and the need to standardise as many construction elements as possible was raised to reduce construction costs. Based on these premises and to achieve maximum simplicity and clarity of distribution, the architects proposed differentiating the different blocks and playgrounds, connecting the blocks through the gymnasium-function room, orienting and ventilating the classrooms as best as possible, and standardising the elements, constructions and simplify the structure as much as possible. Taking these guidelines into account, the projects ended up being the result of adapting the school programme to the terrain. The structural system has been standardised for the three school groups and a uniform orthogonal reinforced concrete framework has been used that is evident on the exterior to give an air of constructive sincerity to the complex. This decision responds to economic reasons, but also cultural ones, since it follows the postulates of Grup R to “rescue” the modern movement that had developed during the Republic. Furthermore, the use of load-bearing walls would have made the construction of large windows difficult. The specific function of each building, however, is expressed through the enclosures, which can be opaque or transparent depending on the spatial and lighting needs of the interior (blind walls in the assembly rooms and heavily glazed in the classrooms).
  5. Cantarell House

    Josep Pratmarsó i Parera

    Cantarell House

    S’accedeix a la casa vorejant un prat i apropant-s’hi per un extrem. Una escalinata de dos trams porta a un porxo obert al prat sense referències arquitectòniques, format per sis mòduls quadrats de 4,30 metres de costat. A l’esquerra, un estany amb una estàtua de dona assenyala la porta d’entrada. A una banda es desplega un primer cos amb la sala d’estar i el dormitori principal, diferenciat per un petit desnivell. A la dreta, el menjador, la cuina i les estances del servei. Al fons, l’escala que puja a la resta de dormitoris. L’organització de la planta respecta la modulació quadrada del porxo, si bé amb nombroses variants: el quadrat es pot dividir en dues parts o bé es pot doblar. L’estructura de les cobertes, sempre a dos vessants, reflecteix fidelment l’ordre del sistema portant. Pratmarsó aconsegueix efectes espacials de gran intensitat per mitjà d’uns procediments molt senzills, però combinats amb una gran habilitat.
  6. Casa Soler Arpa

    Josep Pratmarsó i Parera

    Casa Soler Arpa

    La radicalitat en la posició de la casa, situada en fossat respecte al vial, contrasta amb la suavitat en la relació amb un paisatge ondulat i reconstituït. Programa ampli d’habitatge burgès, desplegat des dels espais centrals i fluids d’accés. Amb modificacions posteriors, conserva tota la força i la qualitat tàctil de l’arquitectura artesana i mesurada de l’autor.

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