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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 project’s proposal is complex, in response to a place with a great mix of urban interference. The choice of this shape is based on two considerations: first, the character that the main façade adopts as a backdrop for the site where the building is located. This façade should be considered as an addition to the large rear façades of the buildings that have access to República Argentina Avenue. Secondly, the project takes into account the transformations of use and concept that will take place in this part of the city thanks to the connection of the "green corridor" with Lesseps Square. In the first case, an attempt is made to merge the volume of the library with the subsequent volumes. In plan, this translates into a rhomboidal perimeter that completes the morphology initiated by those buildings. The library thus confronts the staircase and the character of Lesseps Square as another piece of the urban fabric behind it.
The proposal stems from two considerations:
a) Understanding the importance of the façade as a backdrop for the library site and the sum of the large rear façades of the buildings with access via República Argentina Avenue.
b) Provide the radical change that the direct connection of the "green corridor" (limited between the Hospital Militar Avenue and Bolívar Street) with Lesseps Square will have on the use and understanding of this part of the city will have.
In the first case, an attempt is made to merge the library's own volume with that of the later buildings. This goal translates into the plan by defining its boundary with a rhomboidal geometry that completes the volume initiated by these buildings. With this operation, the library faces the large open area that embodies Lesseps Square from the stairs and protection that provides the volume that makes up the buildings already mentioned.
In the second case, the opening of this green corridor, to the north of Lesseps Square, has been understood as a public axis that expresses and collects the singular topography on which this part of the city is based (slope of a mountain, green area mixed with construction), of which precisely the square is presented as the end or as the beginning. It could be said that the mountains (Collserola) reach Lesseps and from there the city has a different consistency, more linked to the layout of the streets than to the topography or the slope.
Expressing this condition of Lesseps Square’s mountain-city boundary has led us to configure the library in terms of volume, almost like a building that, coming from Collserola, is located above the city with the attributes of the mountains.