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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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

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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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Després dels seus estudis a l’ETSAB, obté el títol d’arquitecte el 1942 i el de doctor el 1963. Fou professor a l’ETSAB, l’any 1954 fou nomenat catedràtic numerari de “projectes Arquitectònics de 4art curs” i en fou director del 1954 al 1963.
Durant els anys de director de l’ETSAB, coneix Jordi Adroer Iglesias, amb qui comparteix tasques docents a l’assignatura de Projectes. S’inicia així una relació de treball que esdevindrà una col·laboració professional i una estreta amistat. Comparteixen el despatx del c/ Corsega, on ambdós exerceixen la professió conjuntament i també de forma individual.

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  1. El Prat Royal Golf Club Service Pavilion

    José Antonio Coderch de Sentmenat, Robert Terradas i Via, Manuel Valls i Vergés

    El Prat Royal Golf Club Service Pavilion

    El pavelló dóna l’esquena al camp de golf i s’orienta cap al sud-oest, tot formant un cos amb dues ales que acullen dos grups de funcions ben diferenciades. S’accedeix per l’eix de les dues ales a un àmbit principal transparent cap a la façana oposada, on hi ha les sales d’estar, el bar i el menjador. A la banda nord queda l’ala del personal de servei, amb un pati propi que recull totes les obertures. Per la banda sud creix la segona ala, que allotja les oficines i els vestidors. El pavelló dóna resposta a les qualitats paisatgístiques pròpies d’un camp de golf per mitjà d’una construcció d’una sola planta, vidrada de terra a sostre en bona part de la façana, i unificada per una gran coberta plana que forma voladís en la majoria del seu perímetre. Així s’aconsegueixen uns àmbits directament relacionats amb l’exterior i ben delimitats per sota de les capçades dels arbres.
  2. Enmasa Factory

    Robert Terradas i Via

    The location of this factory on the outskirts of the city allows the free arrangement of the volumes and the incorporation of outdoor space as one of the most important elements of this project. The availability of large free zones makes the volumes of the factory become visual limits rather than physical objects and a dynamic component is introduced into the outer space. The building expresses its own constructive vocation to develop its language, avoiding the widespread use of plaster that hid the construction in most of the buildings prior to World War II. The program is organised around two types of buildings. The offices are distributed along some linear buildings, made of concrete, which extend in various directions, configuring the entrances, streets and squares of the entire industrial complex, in a much more varied and dynamic way than in the traditional urban space. The workshops take up a much lighter warehouse, built with a metallic structure on which the saw teeth rest. It illuminates the interior space evenly.
  3. Rosselló 257 Office Building

    Robert Terradas i Via

    The building occupies a plot between partitions, with a main façade which faces Rosselló Street and with a rear one that faces the Palau Robert gardens, which are now public. The architect gives both alignments the same compositional value and divides the plan into two symmetrical parts, separated by a cross patio attached to one of the two partitions. The project resolves a program of mixed uses by floors, with the offices of the bank on the ground floor, six floors of offices for rent in the central body and an attic apartment that tops off the building. In addition to a delayed loft that does not affect the overall image of the building. The two façades are the same and have been conceived as an absolutely flat element, leaving two openings on the ground floor and the attic, framed by the two dividing walls and the roof. The one on the ground floor includes the different particularities of access to the building and the bank, which owns the building, while the one on the attic serves as a porch for the house. The stone cladding of different colours and the placement of the metal carpentry in the plane of the façade define a geometric pattern that is indebted to neoplasticism.
  4. Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB - UPC)

    Robert Terradas i Via

    Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB - UPC)

    The complex is part of the Diagonal university campus, which is an area that is very permeable to the city and brings together some faculties of the UPC (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) and the UB (University of Barcelona). The project is made up of a series of parallel and perpendicular bars, most of them with two and three floors, which house administrative and research purposes. Among these buildings, two towers stand out, joined by a central body that houses the classrooms. The fronts of all these buildings are opaque and the lateral façades are made of curtain walls. The two main towers are located perpendicular to Diagonal Avenue and due to their size they become an outstanding element of the urban landscape. As a singular element, it is worth highlighting the access canopy to the faculty, which is a large horizontal plane, with a very accentuated cantilever that generates a welcoming space on an urban scale. The entire casing is made of steel. The towers were built with rolled steel frames, with Vierendel girders from side to side, without pillars, and a semi-beam with drop-down trusses was used. The laboratories and the nuclear reactor are in the rear pavilions, built with reinforced concrete.
  5. Barcelona Airport Control Tower

    Vicente Alegre, Robert Terradas i Via

    After the Civil War, Robert Terradas became the architect of Barcelona Airport and was responsible for the construction of the new building from 1941-1949, which unified the two previous airports and had the control tower located on the roof. In the mid-1950s, the airport was too small and Terradas began to plan the expansion of the restaurant, the waiting room and the terrace, which he could not build because it was decided to hold an open tender for the airport terminal. What he did design was the air control tower, which for logistical reasons was separated from the tender and was built immediately. The tower is 50 metres high, with a rectangular concrete shaft, and is topped by three floors from which air traffic is directed and controlled. These floors are separated from each other, two of them cantilevered in opposite directions and the third with the same dimensions as the shaft, which offers a very dynamic aspect of the whole. Originally the concrete shaft was natural grey, and the three upper floors were painted black with some white surfaces. The colours have been modified later.
  6. Swiss School

    Robert Terradas i Via

    Swiss School

    This is a refurbishment project that results in two adjoining buildings with very different languages. The new building is aligned with the existing one, which was already behind the road alignment, in such a way that a small entrance garden is generated that offers a more panoramic perspective of the façade. A cantilevered reinforced concrete slab is projected over this space that serves as an access canopy and protects a ceramic mural. In plan, the two buildings are practically indistinguishable, except for small variations, such as some setbacks and the physiognomy of the openings. The classrooms are distributed along the two façades: the one facing the street and the one facing the inner courtyard of the block. Inside, wide circulation spaces predominate, which also serve as a space for interaction and for playing, since they are sized to accommodate a very large number of students at the same time. The structure is metallic and manifests itself in the façade. Robert Terradas already had experience designing furniture and for the Swiss School he designed the chairs, stackable chairs and small chairs for the children so that they could crawl under them.
  7. Official College of Physicians of Barcelona

    Terradas i Adroer Arquitectes, Jordi Adroer Iglesias, Robert Terradas i Via

    Official College of Physicians of Barcelona

    In 1957, Robert Terradas had participated in the competition for the New COAC Headquarters in which he developed a proposal very similar to the one that would be built later. In 1966 it was also presented and, in this case, it won the competition for the Social Pavilion for the RACC, although it was never built. In this project, Terradas manages to overcome the traditional modern language and proposes a formal system that places it at the forefront of modern architecture, working with volumes displaced from each other and separated by the height of a floor. The College of Physicians is an adaptation of this same compositional system to a new site and a new program. The game of volumes is practically the same, even the holes and materials coincide. It should be noted that all these volumes also differ from each other in texture, the use of material and the proportion of the openings. In one of the volumes, wood is used as exterior cladding, which at that time entailed certain difficulties. Analysing the elevations, certain similarities can be observed with the Mies Monument to Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, built in Berlin in 1926 and destroyed by the Nazis in 1935.

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  • Vista interior del hall d'accés del Col·legi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona.

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    Vista interior del hall d'accés del Col·legi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona.

    Arxiu Històric del COAC

  • Vista interior de la zona d'estar del Club del Col·legi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona.

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    Vista interior de la zona d'estar del Club del Col·legi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona.

    Arxiu Històric del COAC

  • Perspectiva de l'accés del Col·legi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona.

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    Perspectiva de l'accés del Col·legi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona.

    Arxiu Històric del COAC

  • Perspectiva de l'interior de l'Exposició de material mèdic de Col·legi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona.

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    Perspectiva de l'interior de l'Exposició de material mèdic de Col·legi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona.

    Arxiu Històric del COAC

  • Vista de la piscina i solarium del Col·legi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona.

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    Vista de la piscina i solarium del Col·legi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona.

    Arxiu Històric del COAC

  • Vista interior de l'accés a la Sala d'actes del Col·legi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona.

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    Vista interior de l'accés a la Sala d'actes del Col·legi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona.

    Arxiu Històric del COAC

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