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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Roman site of Can Tacó is located on the Turó d'en Roina, facing south and 50 metres above the confluence of the Congost and Mogent rivers, at the source of the Besós river and about 20 km away from its mouth in the Mediterranean Sea. Forming part of the Tres Creus Hills complex, this natural and genuine enclave structures biodiversity in a very fragmented and man-made environment. The idea is to recover and enhance both the natural and archaeological heritage. Passing through a small forest, submerged among the mass of oaks, we discover the Roman site at the end of a quiet and winding route; the remains of a Roman palace with a clear geometry of the spaces that formed it, with areas of great interest that must be highlighted. Built by successive earthworks and partly with local slate stone, what had been an important settlement prior to the construction of the Via Augusta is currently a natural viewpoint towards the Vallès regions. It intervenes in the transfer of the Roman traces, reinforcing the content (the space) and highlighting the continent (the walls). We work with the earth that over time covered the remains and that accumulated outside the site as a result of the archaeological excavation. These lands and gravels from the old licorice quarry are sieved and straightened again but in a different position, giving them a new meaning. A first steel mesh contains the new stones, and these contain the land and gravel that together will reproduce the successive horizontal planes at the level where the Romans traveled. A second mesh, denser and thinner, is arranged as a curtain in time, as a backdrop on which the different archaeological remains are projected. In this way, stone and steel, mountain and industry coexist in these landscapes of accumulation and, nevertheless, dynamic due to the contact between fragments, interpreting the pre-existing, valuing and activating, incorporating and not erasing, and at the same time co-evolving with the natural environment by optimising resources to the maximum.