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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Primary Healthcare Centre (CAP) is designed as a box perforated inside by a patio that solves the lighting and ventilation of all the waiting rooms.
The façades are organised with a modulated and repetitive type of void that does not reflect the complexity of the building. This organisational complexity can be seen inside the building, structured around a central courtyard that reflects the programmatic differences of the various floors in its section.
The accesses are on the ground floor, differentiating the continuous attention area from the rest of the building, and the reception, archive, distribution and pharmacy warehouse, the offices of medical checks, the radiology area and the extractions and laboratory area are connected to the continuous attention area. The first floor is used for rehabilitation and physical therapy. The second and third floors are intended for the multipurpose area. On the fourth floor we find the health personnel and the administrative area. The parking lot, warehouses and technical premises are located on the basement floor.
The design of the structural elements, installations and closure facilitate subsequent interior remodeling and redistribution.
The Vila Olímpica Primary Healthcare Centre was built to provide coverage for the Olympic family during the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, forming part of the great urban transformation of the city and which later attended to the residents of the new neighbourhood and its closest urban environment.
The CAP is designed as a rectangular building, which, respecting the alignment of the built complex – which includes homes, offices and the centre itself – is formalised as a box pierced by a courtyard, which solves the lighting and ventilation of the waiting rooms at each of the floors.
The accesses are located on the ground floor, differentiating that of the continuous attention area from that of the rest of the building. The reception, the archive, the pharmacy, the medical check-up offices, the radiology area and the extraction and laboratory area are located there.
On the four upper floors, the CAP assistance program is developed; consultations, recovery, specialized warehouses... and on the basement floor, the car park, general warehouses and technical spaces are located.
The façades are intentionally organised with a modulated and repetitive type of emptiness which does not reflect the complexity of the centre's care program.
This organisational complexity can be seen inside the building, structured around the central courtyard which reflects the programmatic differences of the floors.
The design of the structural elements, installations and enclosures, facilitate remodeling and/or interior redistribution as much as possible over time.