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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

  • Block Q of Montbau Estate

  • Block Q of Montbau Estate

  • Block Q of Montbau Estate

  • Block Q of Montbau Estate

  • Block Q of Montbau Estate

  • Block Q of Montbau Estate

  • Block Q of Montbau Estate

  • Block Q of Montbau Estate

  • Block Q of Montbau Estate

Memory

El disseny del bloc Q, juntament amb el P i R van permetre doblar la densitat de l’edificació de la segona etapa de la construcció de Montbau, separada de la primera pel Torrent Central (de Pomaret). Organitzativament és similar al braç curt de la L del bloc P, de planta quadrada i 17 m de costat. Igual que allà, l’escala es troba al mig i dona accés a 4 habitatges per replà. Però el fet de tenir 14 plantes d’alçada, en lloc de només 4, obliga per normativa a col·locar ascensors. Se’n posen 2 per bloc, servint a les plantes parells i imparells respectivament. L’altre fet diferencial és el gir de 45º respecte a l’ordenació de la resta d’edificis, per tal d’aconseguir una bona orientació i per evitar la frontalitat entre les torres, optimitzant les vistes i l’assolellament de tots els habitatges. És l’única construcció per la que es va aplanar el terreny, amb la qual cosa totes 4 façanes són de la mateixa alçada. L’estructura d’aquest edifici és mixta de formigó i obra. A l’època encara hi havia la tendència de construir amb el sistema de parets de càrrega els edificis de major alçada. En aquest cas concret s’introdueix el formigó armat a les parets exteriors i es manté el maó per a l’estructura interior.

Author: Janice Moret

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