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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 open debate on the Born’s use and the work done on the compatibility between the ruins and the Provincial Library concluded with the municipal decision to propose a Cultural Centre that would incorporate the site as an active part of the new facility.
Decided for this purpose, the building attached to the Born was built on 5 Comercial Street, and it becomes essential in order to locate the technical elements of the facilities (air conditioning, power supply, transformer station, etc.).
In parallel with the construction of the annex building, a platform was built inside the Old Market to protect the site and to recover the work plan on which to proceed with the restoration and construction of the cultural centre.
Broadly speaking, the main restoration tasks focused on the construction of the new roof and its structural consolidation, the restoration of the cast elements (pillars, channels, structural and ornamental elements, the set of the central lantern, the stairs and exterior walkways, the interior staircase for access to the roof, etc.), the closure of façades (cast iron elements, glass, skylights, brick walls, etc.), and the evacuation system of waters. The project included structural operations aimed at reusing the Market as a Cultural Centre, in particular the structure of the slabs that make up the upper level of the site and which is directly related to the outdoor space of the Cultural Centre and the network of stormwater drainage of the whole.
In July 2010, the architect Rafael de Cáceres resigned from the work for the reasons set out in the document Carta al Born, which you can find on the blog: http://rafaelcaceresarquitecte.blogspot.com.es/
Josep Maria Cornet i Mas, Josep Fontserè i Mestre
Rafael de Cáceres Zurita, Enric Sòria i Badia
Va passar aquí - El Born, mercat de mercats - betevé
TV3 - Espai tricentenari 1714-2014 - El Born, de les pedres a les persones