Intro

About

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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque
Directors of the COAC Digital Archive

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About us

Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

In Pictures

  • Casa Calatrava

  • Casa Calatrava

  • Casa Calatrava

  • Casa Calatrava

  • Casa Calatrava

Memory

Conjunto de dos torres unidas por un núcleo de comunicaciones verticales. Las dos torres están giradas entre sí y tienen una sola vivienda por rellano cada una, con una distribución distinta en función de la orientación y de la posición relativa del núcleo de comunicaciones verticales. En ambos casos, las viviendas están distribuidas alrededor de un pequeño pasillo central, de tal modo que todas las dependencias dan al exterior. La estructura es de pilares y jácenas metálicas vistas, que por la parte interior están protegidas contra incendios. El cerramiento exterior es de ladrillo visto, enrasado con la estructura metálica, como en la arquitectura americana de Mies van der Rohe en el campus del IIT. Sobre este volumen se recortan una serie de terrazas hacia dentro, que permiten llevar las ventanas a un segundo plano. Como las terrazas no van de pilar a pilar, los machones del muro de ladrillo tienen dimensiones desiguales en relación con los pilares, y parece que estén desplazados, como si estuvieran en movimiento. Este desplazamiento genera un efecto de contrapunto que ayuda expresar el carácter de cerramiento y de ligereza del muro. La estructura y las barandillas metálicas están pintadas de color gris azulado; los cantos de los forjados quedan vistos por encima de las jácenas y están pintados de blanco; y las carpinterías y persianas enrollables son de madera barnizada. La planta baja está ocupada por locales comerciales.

Author: Xavier Llobet i Ribeiro

Source: DOCOMOMO Ibérico

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