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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 commission consisted of the refurbishment of a 200 m2 commercial establishment located on the ground floor of a late 19th century building in Barcelona's Eixample, a premises that had undergone various interventions that had masked its character. On the other hand, the place will be used for Bar-Hamburger Restaurant, open from 9:00 am to 24:00 pm, and compatible with the different service time slots; breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.
The main strategy was to recover what was considered essential: to perceive the spaciousness of the premises and enhance its industrial character by recovering its characteristic materiality. The intensification of material memory is not at all nostalgic or romantic, but an unprejudiced and integrative attitude was chosen that did not discriminate between this or that, but instead opted for this and that; in this way, certain layers of a past were updated that coexist with other added layers, avoiding the relationship by contrast (the new versus the old) or integrative (the new subject to the old).
The different areas that make up the uses of the bar were defined based on the specificity of the furniture and lighting, in a linear sequence of uses of 25 metres in length that begins with the outdoor-covered space of the bar entrance, until you reach the kitchen.
The project and construction process were extremely fast (three months in total) and, together with strong economic constraints (320 € / m2), made a clear and determined strategy essential: DIY. This has made it possible to operate in an open sequence, where errors and work modifications were incorporated into the result in an action-reaction process and where coexistence between various contradictions appears as an added value. An attitude without prejudice that operates with a hybrid technique capable of dealing with materials and techniques from different sources, whether physical or temporary.