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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
We kindly invite you to help us improve the dissemination of Catalan architecture through this space. Here you can propose works and provide or amend information on authors, photographers and their work, along with adding comments. The Documentary Commission will analyze all data. Please do only fill in the fields you deem necessary to add or amend the information.
The Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya is one of the most important documentation centers in Europe, which houses the professional collections of more than 180 architects whose work is fundamental to understanding the history of Catalan architecture. By filling this form, you can request digital copies of the documents for which the Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya manages the exploitation of the author's rights, as well as those in the public domain. Once the application has been made, the Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya will send you an approximate budget, which varies in terms of each use and purpose.
The standard floor accommodates three flats per landing, although an attempt has been made to place the maximum common services on the ground floor, and a special character is given to the two last floors. The houses on the fifth floor have a garden terrace above, which is accessed vertically from the dining room. The top floor is occupied by four studios, also with their own garden terrace. The building is a reason for experimenting with new construction procedures, which should be used to give the minimum thickness to the flat roof, or to allow the slabs of the stairs to be self-supporting.
This building is located on a corner lot that does not allow ventilation through the interior of the block. It is bordered by two dividing walls and has two façades to the street. The program is developed between three apartments per landing. The structure is fundamental in the floor plan’s layout: it defines a structural box with load-bearing walls that contains the vertical communications, the wet areas and the corridors of the dwellings. The day and night areas of the three houses are distributed around this box, with the inconvenience that, since it cannot be opened to the interior of the block, it is necessary to ventilate some bedrooms with small interior patios. The houses on the top floor have a roof garden terrace, which is accessed by a staircase located in the dining room. On the top floor, a body set back from the façade has been built and it contains four studios, three of them with a garden terrace. The laundry rooms have been located on the roof, one for each dwelling, in addition to a separate one for the sick, in accordance with the GATCPAC social program. The building is a cubic volume, stuccoed in light blue, with the windows flush with the façade plane and the balconies framed laterally by white metal mesh screens. The ground floor acts as a plinth and is covered with green glazed brick, typical of the Catalan construction tradition.
Perspectiva de l'edifici d'Habitatges Pàdua.
Arxiu Històric del COAC
La Casa de Vidre - Sixte Illescas