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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
This project was born from the radicalisation of everything that seemed valuable to us in the domestic typological tradition of Barcelona's Eixample district. Thus, the type plants are formalised following the distribution of equal (or almost equal) rooms that traditionally characterised the housing of the area at the end of the 19th century. Homes that have seen their use modified over the decades without substantial changes. An apparently rigid system that, nevertheless, has allowed its use to change over time.
Understanding this typological condition, the housing building has been conceived as a system of rooms in which each apartment can be expanded or reduced - by adding or subtracting pieces - to respond to the future needs of its inhabitants. With this flexibility in mind, the rooms have similar dimensions allowing to eliminate any kind of spatial hierarchy and program predetermination. Each floor can be defined and reprogrammed as needed, even the position of the kitchen can vary. This flexibility is possible thanks to the location of the bathrooms, where the vertical installations that can connect to all the rooms are concentrated. Initially, each floor is divided into 4 apartments of 5 rooms connected to each other without the need for a corridor. The kitchen is placed in the centre, the other rooms can be used, indiscriminately, as bedrooms, studies or living rooms.
The ground floor, for its part, reinterprets the traditional and popular halls of the Eixample, where marble and large spaces define the place of reception and representation. As large habitable objects, traditional furniture is transformed here into petri volumes placed in the middle of a large open space. The uncovered interior courtyards allow for natural ventilation and literally turn the ground floor into an extension of the garden and the street, where it rains.
Something similar happens with the façade, where the traditional archetypal composition has been directly replicated. The façade is proposed following a direct reinterpretation of the "ordinary" and traditional architecture of the Cerdà’s Eixample, in which lime stucco with decorative motifs, vertical openings, balconies and shutters predominate.