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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.
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The Vinyet neighborhood has a mainly flat topography, and Coderch chose to create a system of domestic spaces in this house, referring exclusively to the large garden of the plot, without any reference to the outside. Thus, the house is configured on a single floor and basically forms an L that embraces the garden. One of the arms of this L includes the bedrooms, while the other contains the dining room and living room. The entrance takes place behind the body of the bedrooms, hidden from the garden, and gives access to a third arm that includes the kitchen and restrooms. All the openings leading to the garden can be opened and practiced flat, or they can be closed with shutters of the same height as the factory-built house. Thus, the house becomes a set of areas on a single level where the garden unifies the main parts of domestic life, while the entrance and services remain hidden at the back and generate their own outdoor spaces.
Before talking about the Catasús house, it would be worth mentioning Can Boada, a hitherto unknown house that was built by Coderch and Valls in Sant Vicenç de Montalt, very close to the Ugalde house, in 1955. It was an experimental house, a prototype of housing that Mr. Boada entrusted to them, with the aim of developing a complex of patio houses in which the vegetation would completely cover them and generate a local microclimate. It was not put into practice because the City Council considered it unsightly and did not grant them the license. The Catasús house was built a year later following the same criteria as Can Boada, but with much more means, more surface area and a swimming pool. We can recognise the same scheme as Mies van der Rohe's courtyard houses in these two houses, but adapted to the Mediterranean tradition and to local materials and construction systems. The functional organisation of Can Boada and the Catasús house responds to the plan’s T-shape: the day area is on one side and on the other there is the night area, while, on the third, we can find the garage and the service area. The flat roof reinforces the horizontal component of the house, and the load-bearing walls work as the support for the sliding shutters. Coderch and Valls built many other different houses based on this housing prototype, which allowed them to adapt to different programs, plots, and topographies.