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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
Isolated building that, together with the Teresa house, forms a complex surrounded by a large garden located near the railway station. It is a building with a complex ground plan as a result of the numerous extensions it has undergone. It has two floors in the rear central body and one in the rest. The roof is four-sided, flat or with a lowered barrel vault. A lantern in the form of a hemispherical dome with a cylindrical drum on an octagonal base protrudes from the building. The main façade is symmetrical. It presents a central access portico, with a circular pediment with reliefs. On the sides, double windows open side by side and separated by pilasters finished in bell-shaped capitals that run the length of the façade. The facings have sgraffitos. A perimeter cornice with palmettos runs along the entire façade. The back is symmetrical in the central body and asymmetrical in the side bodies, unfinished. The decorations are neo-Greek and neo-Egyptian elements. In the portico there are two sculptures, one of the poet Cabanyes, sculpted by Campeny, and the other one of Archbishop Armanyà, by Fuxà.
Mr. Gumà i Ferran ceded the land for the construction of the library-museum in 1881. The following year, work began according to the project of the master builder Jeroni Granell. The completion and inauguration of the new building dates from 1884, according to a tombstone nailed to the façade. Three years later, an extension was made, directed by the architect B. Pollés i Vivo. Between 1920 and 1930 it experienced a new expansion, directed in this case by J. M. Miró i Guibernau. In 1951 the interior of the art gallery was renovated and in 1979 the roofs were repaired under the direction of the architect Jordi Ambrós, repairs commissioned by the Ministry of Culture. In 1981 the City Council carried out new refurbishment and conditioning works. Two years later, the Generalitat took charge of the restoration works of the Library, according to a project by the architect Bonet i Correa.
The sculptural image of Archbishop Armanyà was placed in 1887. That of the poet Cabanyes was installed six years later.
The Víctor Balaguer Library-Museum houses a collection of works of art and more than 22,000 volumes. Víctor Balaguer bequeathed it to the town in 1900.
Set Biblioteca Museu Víctor Balaguer