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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 building takes up the model strictly determined by the ordinances and interprets the program of a primary healthcare centre while dividing it into two parts on either side of the entrance. The part occupied by the healthcare areas is developed extensively from a basic unit, made up of a consultation room, an infirmary, a waiting room and a patio. The set of two units forms an area which can be identified by the colour of the patios. The roof reflects the distribution of the plant and indicates the entrances of air and light. On the other side of the entrance, the rest of the program is located compactly and occupies two floors.
The plot is located in a block which belongs to the last area of Castellar del Vallès reserved for facilities. Another public facility is planned to be built at the opposite end of the plot, reserving the central space between the two for a public garden.
The building seeks the maximum extension in plan and occupies the plot up to the limits allowed by the municipal ordinances. This results in an enclosure of 45 by 26.5 metres that will contain the entire program.
The building occupies the entire site in two different ways: the healthcare areas - which constitute the most important programmatic element - are spread over the land like a heavy tapestry that is gradually emptied to allow the entrance of air and light. The rest of the public attention areas are compacted at the other end of the site. The entrance hall - a passage between the street and the future public garden - unites and separates these two parts at the same time.
The healthcare areas - general medicine, pediatrics and multipurpose area - are formed through an aggregation mechanism that starts from the minimum unit identified from the analysis of the program: a consultation room, an infirmary and its corresponding waiting room. A patio goes with each waiting room, thus providing an important entrance of natural light and a certain identity. Each two of these operational units forms a larger unit that will be identified through the colour of one of its patios. In this way, they become unique, recognisable and at the same time - through their dimensions, their position in plan and their texture - part of a series.
A continuous ceramic skin wraps the building responding to its lighting, ventilation and privacy needs that the system requires.