Intro

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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque
Directors of the COAC Digital Archive

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About us

Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

In Pictures

  • Block P of Montbau Estate

  • Block P of Montbau Estate

  • Block P of Montbau Estate

  • Block P of Montbau Estate

  • Block P of Montbau Estate

  • Block P of Montbau Estate

  • Block P of Montbau Estate

  • Block P of Montbau Estate

  • Block P of Montbau Estate

  • Block P of Montbau Estate

  • Block P of Montbau Estate

  • Block P of Montbau Estate

  • Block P of Montbau Estate

Memory

A la segona etapa de la planificació del polígon d’habitatge de Montbau es produeix un augment de la densitat de l’edificació. Serà la forma d’agrupar alguns edificis i l’increment d’alçada d’altres el que permetrà aconseguir-ho. L’espai públic resultant té una escala més domèstica, generant petites places al voltant de l’edificació. El bloc P és un dels tipus desenvolupats a tal fi. Una successió de blocs en L, decalats, genera un entramat singular, al voltant del qual es projecten 3 grups separats, formats per 3 torres cadascun i que tanquen el conjunt. Els habitatges del braç llarg de la L tenen l’escala ventilada i il·luminada per façana i l’accés des del carrer a cota de planta segona, cosa que obliga a una tipologia diferent a la planta primera. Aquí els habitatges només tenen una façana, mirant cap a la plaça. A les plantes 2, 3 i 4 hi ha 2 habitatges per replà i façana davant i darrera. A la part curta de la L, l‘escala queda al mig de la planta i dona accés a 4 habitatges per replà. Al conjunt del bloc, totes les peces, a excepció dels lavabos, son exteriors. I tant a les sales com als dormitoris principals es produeix un endarreriment del pla de façana que dona a un espai exterior, unes terrasses, davant d’elles i genera un element compositiu molt característic i diferencial de la resta de façanes que no miren a la plaça. El sistema constructiu de parets de maó de càrrega permet aquestes grans obertures, donat que són perpendiculars a les façanes Sud i Nord. Les façanes combinen l’obra vista amb peces ceràmiques vidriades de la Bisbal de colors entre el blau i el verd.

Author: Janice Moret

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