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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 buildings are located on the edge of Meridiana Avenue, the main artery of the city of Barcelona. At the time when new urban planning was making its way into one of the most disadvantaged sectors of the city, housing had to coexist with industry and the railway in the La Prosperitat neighbourhood.
RENFE, with a 3,402 m2 plot of land, decides to build houses under a cooperative system for the company's employees. Ballesteros, Cardenal and La Guàrdia decide to project a set of isolated blocks, four of them in the form of a star and the rest in the form of linear blocks, of which they only get to direct the construction of two of the star towers located at the ends from the site, next to Meridiana Avenue. In a second phase, the original project was varied, and the works were carried out and directed by other architects.
With a ground floor and twelve upper floors, the blocks consist of three wings joined by a single central access. The horizontal distributors function as galleries that lead to the 79 homes with three or four bedrooms, developed in triplex with total independence from the living areas and bedrooms, and with laundry-drying racks and terraces in the living rooms.
Conventional construction based on reinforced concrete pillars and exterior brick cladding does not prevent the architects from carrying out an innovative typological solution that gives them, in turn, the advantage of eliminating the interior patios and ventilating all the rooms on the façade.