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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 discovery of a Roman site at the bottom of a municipal building, a Domus on the edge of the wall, has made this adaptation project necessary to make it open to visitors simultaneously with the normal use of the building.
The space containing the site has been turned into a museum, and the ground floor has been redistributed to configure the spaces for approaching the site from the building's lobby. Spaces that have a dual use: circulation and building services during the week, and vestibule of the site when it is open to the public.
The approach takes place through a sequence of vestibules that refers to the system of articulation of the main spaces of the domus and villas. The halls, with sensibly square proportions and varying heights, are connected by thick, low doorways that refer to the massiveness of Roman architecture.
This sequence of spaces defines a circular route, with a strong theatric character, which incorporates elements of anticipation of the site's content. Each hall is located on a different stratum (outside the wall-wall-intervallum) which is manifested in different pavements and in bas-reliefs of Roman characters on the walls, accompanying the visitor.
Through stairs in the dark, like a tunnel, you can access a longitudinal loft like a lookout, raised above the site. The entire space disappears, painted black, revealing the archaeological remains and a large mural that had been on the ceiling of one of the rooms.
The loft is an enclosure with glass facings on the walls, floor and ceiling, which multiply the perception and expand the space. The walls and floor hide parts of the site and interpretive elements on display that appear behind the glass in a game of illusionism when the lighting is turned on.