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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 library is located at the north-west end of Civic Square on the Northern Campus of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Through its interior, cutting the building obliquely, runs an access street to Civic Square which transforms into the lobby of the building.
The interior is organised in several very neutral rooms that must allow for the constant reorganisation of the building as new technologies take centre stage in the library.
The North Campus forms an almost continuous façade against which the volume of the white limestone building is cut, with a huge opening that marks the beginning of the path. The façade contrasts in volume, composition, openings and colour with the rear façade. The rest of the building's façades are made of stone. In Civic Square, the façade is completely glazed and contrasts with the previous ones, which signifies it.
The roof illuminates the upper floors and takes the shape of a saw tooth oriented to strict north, with an oblique geometry with respect to the rest of the building's geometries. The upper room, carpeted, always quiet, is very pleasant to visit. The vertical connectivity that the lobby gives to the entire building is also spectacular, a singular lobby for a building called to be one of the relationship centres of the entire Northern Campus.
The building incorporates the different libraries of the UPC university schools.
The special location of the building right on the border between the city and the university campus, is one of the aspects in which the project has been most sensitive. Its image as a door, on the one hand, and as an urban piece capable of provoking activity and relationship, on the other, have been basic premises when developing the project.
A newly created street will become – as it passes through the interior of the building – a hall generating meeting and circulation, and will be the element that determines the segregation between service areas and served areas.
The main body of serviced areas is intended for the library area. On the first and second floors, the layout of the spaces is similar to the ground floor. They are diaphanous and clear plants when in space. On the top floor the surface regains the entire contour of its building volume. It is a plant closed in itself, with slanted openings to provide tangential lighting and linear skylights oriented directly to the North.
The various materials have been chosen to achieve a good aging of the building. On the façades there is limestone, placed in an airy way, which will cause a composition of joints in accordance with the scale of the building. Inside, the public parts have stone floors and the rest of the flooring in study and consultation areas will be carpeted in order to maintain a degree of acoustic comfort in accordance with the nature of the building.