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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
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The house is located on an irregular triangular block, identical to the one that, a few hundred metres towards the Besòs, contains the Les Punxes House, which is about two hundred metres away. It is a building with three bays (with three windows per floor on the main façade) that has façades on Diagonal Avenue and Còrsega Street.
Valeri conceives the building as if it were inside an Eixample block, with two clearly differentiated façades: the front, facing Diagonal, representative, worked with exposed stone, and the back, facing Còrsega Street, worked as if it were overlooking an interior block courtyard, with very careful details and a unique plinth that value its ambiguous role as an urban rear façade. The building has no access through this rear façade.
The ground floor of the building is raised half a level and leaves a semi-basement that separates it from the street. The access door to Diagonal is the entire height of the semi-basement and the ground floor (a floor and a half), and is sheltered under an attractive design tribune to create a unique portal, with an interior design and very elaborate furniture. The façade on Diagonal Avenue is crowned by a very apparent organic pediment reminiscent of a monochrome Catalan flag.
The rear façade of the building, which overlooks Còrsega Street, is one of the most unique in the city: it consists of a tribune very similar to the stern of a ship, spectacularly overhanging the street, made unique by real windows then protected by sliding shutters that foreshadow rationalism, decorated with very attractive ceramic windowsills.
The plinth is polychrome terrazzo in mass, with a spectacular molding and polishing work, beautifully designed. The two upper floors present the gallery divided in two, in an ambiguous game that dispenses with the organisation in three corridors to mark the two dwellings on the building's floor.
The house is privately owned and cannot be visited.