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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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 Helena Cepeda 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

 

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EINA Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona

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Es titula a l'Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona el 1951.
Treballa per l'empresa CyT i el 1956 s'incorpora a l'Oficina d'Estudis Urbanístics.
Forma, amb Guillermo Giráldez Dávila i Pedro López Iñigo, el despatx professional: Arquitectos G. Giráldez Dávila, P. Lopez Iñigo, J. Subias Fages, de 1955 a 1996. El despatx representa l'aposta per l'avantguarda moderna i reformista que trenca amb l'academicisme imperant dels 50.
Les obres més rellevants del despatx són: Habitages experimentals a Madrid (1955), la biblioteca del COAC (1962, avui desapareguda), Facultat de dret (1957-1958) i la Facultat d'econòmiques(1962-1966), Escola Betània Patmos (1963-1969), Institució Cultural CIC (1961-1962), avantprojecte i primera fase de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (1969-1973), Bibloteca de la Facultat de Lletres.
En urbanisme destaquen el Polígon Montbau (1957-1968), el polígon del Sud-OEst del Besòs (1959-1961), el polígon Canyelles (1974)
Destaquen també l'Hospital Oncològic Duran y Reynals (1973-1978) i la Clínica Dexeus (1968-1981)
El despatx es va dissoldre amb la mort d'en Pedro López Iñigo.

Source: Arxiu Històric del COAC

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  1. Montbau Industrial Estate

    Giráldez - López Iñigo - Subías Arquitectes, Guillermo Giráldez Dávila, Pedro López Iñigo, Xavier Subías i Fages

    Montbau Industrial Estate

    The Montbau district, located below the Tibidabo, next to Passeig de la Vall d'Hebron, has a total area of approximately 31 Ha. The part built today, or in a very advanced stage of construction, consists of two basic residential units. The garden and the neighbourhood park are also practically finished. A group of about 70 single-family homes in the upper part of the slope is currently under construction, a group that we will not include in the present analysis because it is in a very little advanced phase and, therefore, without specific data. The architect of this group is Joan Bosch. Who are the authors of Montbau? Here is a first concrete problem that can lead us to general considerations. Due to programming requirements, the Municipal Housing Board decided to commission the architects Guillermo Giráldez, Pedro López and Xavier Subías with the urgency of a very few weeks as a matter of urgency. By what criteria were these architects chosen? Probably for simple reasons of proximity, administrative relationship, circumstantial insufficiency of the technical staff itself, etc. But was there a concern to choose a good team precisely for one of the largest projects that were then being developed? At least, or was there an awareness that, by chance and for reasons of bureaucratic convenience, he had fallen into the hands of a good team, then with a promising youthful push? * The original Partial Plan was altered, both in its first phase, slightly, and in the second one, with a change of drafting team and urban planning that substantially modified it.
  2. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Faculty of Law of the UB

  3. Faculty of Law of the UB

    Giráldez - López Iñigo - Subías Arquitectes, Guillermo Giráldez Dávila, Pedro López Iñigo, Xavier Subías i Fages

    Faculty of Law of the UB

    The configuration of the building adopts clarity and economy based on the short term imposed by the drafting of the project and its construction. Discrimination between teaching and representative purposes is reflected in the composition of two bodies. The body of the classroom, with two floors, is located concurrently to Diagonal Avenue, with three courtyards in the centre. The body that houses the administrative and study purposes has five floors and is located in a perpendicular direction. The ground floor, which only contains classrooms at the back, communicates both bodies in a single circulation space. The structure of the whole building, made of laminated steel, forms a regular module of 6.20 x 3.84 metres, which doubles in the rooms that require more surface. The building applies constructive economy criteria that renew the guidelines applied in Catalonia by the first generation of modern architects.
  4. Blocks A and B of Montbau Estate

    Giráldez - López Iñigo - Subías Arquitectes, Guillermo Giráldez Dávila, Pedro López Iñigo, Xavier Subías i Fages

    Blocks A and B of Montbau Estate

    These are the typologies that make up the part of the esplanade and delimit the area that hosts the civic activity and the relationship between the neighbourhood of the project, not only of the first phase, but of the projected housing complex. It consists of linear blocks of different heights, distributed to optimise the views and light: the buildings of lower height are projected parallel to the slope of the mountain, facing west and, those of higher height, perpendicular, oriented to the south. Blocks A and B form the level of the north-eastern end of the representative square, which is generated in 3 levels, adapting to the existing topography. Block A, with a ground floor + 10 landings, is a screen-type building that collects the space of the square at this end. Block B, perpendicular to the previous one, occupies the south-west side and has a permeable ground floor that allows the extension of the square, generating a kind of porch terrace with views over the city. It is only 4 storeys high, which allows views from the building on the other side of the square, located at a higher level. A canopy joins the two blocks at ground floor level. The typology is of 2 houses by landing with surfaces of 100m2 and 66m2, of 2 and 3 bedrooms. The façades of the two blocks are identical towards the square, creating a uniform frame that contrasts with the unique buildings on the other sides.
  5. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    El Besòs South-West Partial Plan

  6. Montbau Industrial Estate: First Unit

    Giráldez - López Iñigo - Subías Arquitectes, Guillermo Giráldez Dávila, Pedro López Iñigo, Xavier Subías i Fages

    Montbau Industrial Estate: First Unit

    The architects quickly made a complete enough Advanced Plan to approach the requirements of a Partial Plan (1957) so it could be presented at an urgent commemorative exhibition. After the exhibition, the City Council's Technical Services completed, modified and, in fact, redrafted the Plan until it was fully approved. Among these corrections, imposed through the procedure, it is necessary to consider some of special importance: the addition of another floor to all the buildings that appeared in the Plan. It was a last-minute 'administrative' imposition, given the fear that the land would be too expensive due to low building density. Here is how, with the simple handling of the aseptic and seemingly harmless text of the Volumetric Ordinances, one can redo an inclusive plan and misrepresent on possible guiding ideas. With this distortion, the Plan was approved on December 13, 1957. In accordance with this project, the Board carries out the first sector. The Board of Trustees is limited to acting as a general developer, making various private entities, especially Cooperatives, act as owners and builders. The administrative system is interesting and proves to be extraordinarily effective, especially in economic channeling, and even in some limited sociological integration.
  7. South-West Besòs Estate

    Giráldez - López Iñigo - Subías Arquitectes, Guillermo Giráldez Dávila, Enric Giralt i Ortet, Pedro López Iñigo, Josep Puig i Torné, Xavier Subías i Fages

    South-West Besòs Estate

    The limits covered by this plan are the following: East alignment of Prim Street; South alignment of José Antonio Primo de Rivera Avenue to the square next to Besòs; Western alignment of the second belt of the Ronda, and Northern alignment of Llull Street. The previously indicated perimeter covers land located in the municipal area of Barcelona and a small part in the municipal area of Sant Adrià de Besòs. This last area has an urban layout based on large blocks designed as room units and has been designed to achieve an entrance to Barcelona in accordance with the importance of the city. This partial plan was born from the need to create a large estate intended for modest housing to be built by the Municipal Housing Board, due to its special characteristics, it had to combine the following points: a) Economy in urbanisation. b) Consideration of the difficulty of drainage due to lack of height. c) Union between the Poblat Dirigit part and the rest of the building that is expected to be of a higher category. The first two points are opposed. The proposed solution is the middle ground, since the economy of the urbanisation advised to keep the same level of the land with the consequent deficiency in the evacuation of wastewater and the complete lack of drainage for rainwater. This solution, which was not satisfactory, has moved to raise the levels as little as possible to obtain a sufficient slope, so that a unitary sewer system could be built. Therefore, the levels rise by an average of one metre in the entire Poblat Dirigit area. The game of volumes with an alternative juxtaposition of solids and voids has been the aesthetic guideline at the core of this plan. This theme is framed by series of blocks, the arrangement of which is conjugated with the previous one, although with a slight preponderance of the idea of "frame", not as an enclave of a theme, but as a finished continuity of the same.
  8. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    UB Faculty of Economic Science

  9. Block N of Montbau Estate

    Giráldez - López Iñigo - Subías Arquitectes, Guillermo Giráldez Dávila, Pedro López Iñigo, Xavier Subías i Fages

    Block N of Montbau Estate

    The editorial team of Bloc N takes a trip to Germany, where they visit the reconstruction of some cities under the precepts of the Modern Movement. The visit to the International Exhibition of Berlin Interbau 57 and the reconstruction of the Hansaviertel district have a great influence on them. Architects visit works by Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer, Alvar Aalto and Walter Gropius. But the residential tower of the Dutch Bakema and Van der Broek is of special relevance. In the N block of Montbau, which still being projected in the first phase did not find its position on the plan until 1968, the exploration of the section of the tower of the Dutch made by the Catalan team and applied to its design is remarkable. The building, made of a ground floor and 15 additional floors, is the tallest one of the complex. It has a vertical access core and 8 homes per floor with access through a walkway. The house is organised in three half-heights: one for access, another for living-dining room and kitchen and the third for bedrooms and bathrooms. The structure is made of load-bearing walls, of reinforced concrete, 25 cm parallel to the front wall. Access to the homes is made every 3 floors, in a staggered fashion. This block gives the singular point to the square framed by blocks A and B, being the most visible element of the set.

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