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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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Nubilum Edittio
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Arquitecte urbanista. Titulat el 1935. Treballà per a la Diputació Provincial de Barcelona (1944) i va ser director de l’ Oficina d’Urbanisme Provincial (1948). És autor de diversos plans Generals, especialment del PGO de Barcelona (1959). Entre les seves obres trobem les Llars Mundet (1957) a Horta, la piscina Sant Jordi de Barcelona (1966) o la Residència Col·legi Bell-lloc (1968), a la Roca del Vallès

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  1. Llars Ana G. de Mundet

    Manuel Baldrich Tibau

    Llars Ana G. de Mundet

  2. Església de les Llars Mundet

    Manuel Baldrich Tibau

    Església de les Llars Mundet

  3. Sant Jordi Swimming Pool

    Manuel Baldrich Tibau

    Sant Jordi Swimming Pool

    Originally, the Industrial School had been the Batlló Factory. It was closed in 1889 due to social problems and was sold in 1906. It immediately became the Industrial School, which began operating in 1910. Between 1927 and 1934, a series of reforms were introduced, especially in the central access section. The extensions of the 1960s are the work of Baldrich, who without giving up the rationalist style or the new materials, knew how to perfectly combine the new buildings with the existing complex. The extensions consist of adding new bodies, increasing the number of floors and making connections. The Sant Jordi swimming pool is part of the Baldrich reform and expansion project, it is located inside the enclosure and has a double access, from the street and from the campus. It is the only piece that clearly differs from the rest, partly due to its dimensions and functional characteristics. It was built on the same grounds as the Industrial School, where an old 50-metre open-air pool already existed and it became the first 50-metre covered pool in Catalonia. Internally, the project is organised around a central corridor that separates the pool from the sports court and allows access to the stands of both spaces.
  4. Montbau Estate: Second Unit

    Manuel Baldrich Tibau, Antoni Bonet Castellana, Pedro López Iñigo, Josep Maria Soteras i Mauri

    Montbau Estate: Second Unit

    When the decision to build the second sector was made in 1961, the Board of Trustees commissioned the architects Manuel Baldrich, Antoni Bonet, Pedro López Iñigo and Josep Soteras to drat the corresponding architectural project. What were the reasons for choosing this heterogeneous team, made up of two municipal architects, a provincial architect and an independent architect, who had just arrived from Argentina with an obvious professional prestige? This team, despite the presence of municipal architects, one of them co-author of the first Plan, decided that it could not be limited to design the buildings, but it was also necessary to completely redo the urban structure of that sector. A new Plan was therefore drawn up, which was approved on July 2, 1962. With this new Plan it seems that exactly the double number of dwellings that had been initially planned in that sector were built.
  5. Block Q of Montbau Estate

    Manuel Baldrich Tibau, Antoni Bonet Castellana, Pedro López Iñigo, Josep Maria Soteras i Mauri

    Block Q of Montbau Estate

    356.The design of the Q block, together with the P and R, made it possible to double the density of the building in the second stage of Montbau’s construction, separated from the first by the Torrent Central (Pomaret). Organisationally, it is similar to the L’s short arm of block P, with a square plant and 17 m laterally. In the same way, the staircase is in the middle and gives access to 4 houses per landing. But having 14 floors in height instead of just 4, requires the installation of elevators. Two of them are placed per block, serving the even and odd plants respectively. The other differentiating factor is the 45º turn with respect to the arrangement of the other buildings, in order to achieve a good orientation and to avoid the frontality between the towers, optimising the views and the sunlight that all the houses receive. It is the only building for which the ground was leveled, so that all 4 façades are of the same height. The structure of this building is mixed with concrete and masonry. At the time, there was still a tendency to build taller buildings with the load-bearing wall system. In this case, the reinforced concrete is introduced into the exterior walls and the brick is retained for the interior structure.
  6. Block P of Montbau Estate

    Manuel Baldrich Tibau, Antoni Bonet Castellana, Pedro López Iñigo, Josep Maria Soteras i Mauri

    Block P of Montbau Estate

    A la segona etapa de la planificació del polígon d’habitatge de Montbau es produeix un augment de la densitat de l’edificació. Serà la forma d’agrupar alguns edificis i l’increment d’alçada d’altres el que permetrà aconseguir-ho. L’espai públic resultant té una escala més domèstica, generant petites places al voltant de l’edificació. El bloc P és un dels tipus desenvolupats a tal fi. Una successió de blocs en L, decalats, genera un entramat singular, al voltant del qual es projecten 3 grups separats, formats per 3 torres cadascun i que tanquen el conjunt. Els habitatges del braç llarg de la L tenen l’escala ventilada i il·luminada per façana i l’accés des del carrer a cota de planta segona, cosa que obliga a una tipologia diferent a la planta primera. Aquí els habitatges només tenen una façana, mirant cap a la plaça. A les plantes 2, 3 i 4 hi ha 2 habitatges per replà i façana davant i darrera. A la part curta de la L, l‘escala queda al mig de la planta i dona accés a 4 habitatges per replà. Al conjunt del bloc, totes les peces, a excepció dels lavabos, son exteriors. I tant a les sales com als dormitoris principals es produeix un endarreriment del pla de façana que dona a un espai exterior, unes terrasses, davant d’elles i genera un element compositiu molt característic i diferencial de la resta de façanes que no miren a la plaça. El sistema constructiu de parets de maó de càrrega permet aquestes grans obertures, donat que són perpendiculars a les façanes Sud i Nord. Les façanes combinen l’obra vista amb peces ceràmiques vidriades de la Bisbal de colors entre el blau i el verd.
  7. Apartaments Vilafortuny

    Manuel Baldrich Tibau

    Los apartamentos se ubican en una parcela situada a escasos 50 metros de la playa de Vilafortuny. El conjunto se articula en forma de ‘L’, con los núcleos de comunicación, escaleras y corredores abiertos encarados al viento y a la orientación más desfavorable –norte–. Los apartamentos se ordenan según una sucesión de piezas repetidas que cuentan con la protección solar de los balcones y ventilación cruzada. El programa es muy sencillo, compuesto por cocina abierta al estar-comedor, un dormitorio y un baño. El conjunto consta de 38 apartamentos agrupados en dos lotes de planta baja y una planta piso. Uno de ellos, está formado por 22 unidades dispuestas en batería mientras que el otro consta de 16 unidades dispuestas en diagonal. Baldrich propone un ritmo visual derivado del desplazamiento de la unidad elemental para procurar vistas al mar, sin comprometer la privacidad entre las celdas. Baldrich fue director de la Oficina de urbanismo provincial de Barcelona –1948– y autor de diversos planes generales, entre los que cabe destacar el Plan General de Ordenación de la provincia de Barcelona –1959–. En la obra de Baldrich se manifiesta la influencia europea de las teorías urbanas de ciudad funcional. La abstracción de las fachadas y la composición volumétrica de los edificios lo vinculan al lenguaje depurado y preciso del neoplasticismo. Baldrich oculta el aspecto doméstico de las viviendas y muestra elementos de la modernidad: nuevos materiales, industrialización, seriación, tecnología.
  8. Escola - Residència a Bell-lloc

    Manuel Baldrich Tibau

     Escola - Residència a Bell-lloc

Archive

  • Perspectiva de l'exterior del Polígon Montbau: Unitat Nord-Est.

    Drawing

    Perspectiva de l'exterior del Polígon Montbau: Unitat Nord-Est.

    Arxiu Històric del COAC

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