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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
City-garden typology home built on a quadrangular space, surrounded by a brick fence with a combination of grating and chamfering at the corner of the door. The building is a rectangular cube with ground floor, main floor and attic, covered on two sides with an open turret that includes a staircase around which the composition revolves. The entrance angle is occupied by a porch open to the garden. It is white with a combination of stone and ceramics of different colours: mainly green, yellow, red and gold. Great vertical emphasis given by the pinion-shaped gables, windows, tower and tribune in a conical shape and triangular base. The decoration, Mackintosh type, is typical of Balcells' early modernism, which follows the same guidelines as in the Mestres house in Cerdanyola. The interior is divided into two floors: on the ground floor, there is the hall leading to the dining room, where there is a large fireplace, and in the middle, there is the staircase leading to the first floor. On one side we can find the kitchen and the toilet, and on the other a room. On the first floor, there are four bedrooms, one of them with a cabinet and a gallery. In the turret there is a spiral staircase and the materials used are stone and tile cladding.
A project was made in 1910 before the existing one. When the tower was built (1912), the project was completely modified. On the other hand, Gual Tower is part of the most constructive period in the town, years 1910-1920, when Cardedeu was definitively transformed into a summer resort, one of the most important in the eastern Vallès along with La Garriga.