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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
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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 building is located in the northern part of Plaça de la Constitució, on the axis with the Dr. Moragues Avenue and slightly moved to one side to suggest and connect the passage towards Estoril and Nàpols Streets, on the other side of the future 'Interpolar'.
The building, structured in three staggered floors, from the basement to the first floor, creates a large overhang in the connection area between the two neighbourhoods.
A large part of the library is planned to be underground to take advantage of the maximum surface area of the square and to minimise the volumetric impact on the current constructions in the area.
This basement is ventilated and lit by a patio with fully glazed walls and covered with a pergola with adjustable slats to filter the light.
The patio also illuminates part of the floor, which has already undergone displacement, giving access to the square. This lighting mechanism culminates on the second floor.
The courtyard of light creates a fissure along the entire building; on the other hand, the building is very closed in its perimeter façades.
The entire ground floor of the library is organised in such a way that it is accessible and permeable to the circulation of users.
At one end is the bar-cafeteria and the exhibition hall, connected to the library, which can be used independently of it. The main access is open towards the square and has the information and reference spaces, the general background area, music, image and computerised consultation spaces, which are also located on the ground floor.
In the basement there is the rest of the general background area, support spaces, study space, multimedia space and storage room, tanks and installations.
On the ground floor is the children's area and the internal work area. The children's area space is connected to the patio-garden with a covered porch.
The structure is made of reinforced concrete bearing walls and pillars. The façade is made of granite.