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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
Located in a pleasant residential neighbourhood, the house is a compact building - almost a cube - completely surrounded by an essential perimeter 3-metre-wide patio, which is the minimum required separation according to regulations.
The owners wanted to keep the pre-existing garden with pool and shed at the back of the plot.
The perimeter patio, which completely surrounds the house, is like an outdoor room that relates with different intensities to all the (interior) parts of the ground floor, giving different qualities and uses to each façade: to the south, a sunny garden where you can go from the kitchen; to the west, the main entrance; to the east, the uncovered parking with direct access to the kitchen; and to the north, a terrace that connects the house to the highest level of the pre-existing garden and pool.
The elements that make up the patio (fences, pavements, benches, etc.) are worked on homogeneously in order to turn them into a single entity. Over time the vegetation will end up giving it the intended character and atmosphere.
The house and the perimeter patio are built with black concrete block, a material that allows solving both the structure of load-bearing walls and the façade - where the block is left visible from the inside and outside. On the outside, the same black block is also used for the pavements and walls.
The structure of the house is made of load-bearing walls: three concentric walls successively finish each of the three slabs, making them only work in compression. Thus, the innermost wall reaches the sanitary slab, the middle wall supports the slab of the first floor and the outer leaf reaches the last slab, that of the roof.
Inside the house, the block is left visible, unclad, in a large part of the facings of the main pieces.
Recycled pieces of the hydraulic mosaic of the house that formerly occupied the plot are used for the steps of the staircase. Below (the staircase), where the block walls are thicker (30cm), a fireplace opens into the living room and kitchen.