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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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Isolated building located next to the Balaguer Museum and surrounded by a large garden. It has a rectangular plan and consists of a basement, a ground floor, elevated in relation to the floor, a main floor and a roof where the stairwell emerges. The composition of the façades is almost symmetrical, with rectangular and very low-arched windows, portholes and tribunes. A perimeter moulding decoratively separates the ground floor from the first floor. The building is crowned with a cornice and railing of flat balusters and presents a decoration of horizontal strips that simulate bricks. On one of the façades there is a bust of Saint Teresa, erected in memory of Víctor Balaguer's mother, Teresa Cirera.
It was designed by the municipal architect B. Pollés i Vivó and its construction ended in 1889. Initially, the building had been built next to the Víctor Balaguer Library-Museum to host Víctor Balaguer in his stays in Vilanova. Later, when the space of the Library-Museum became insufficient, it was used as a dependency of this institution. In 1915, the State ordered that the Library be separated from the Museum and that it be taken over by an official from Santa Teresa qualified for this function.
It currently contains several pieces of interest, mainly from the 19th century, such as furniture and paintings.
Vista del conjunt de la Biblioteca Museu Víctor Balaguer y la Casa de Santa Teresa
Set Biblioteca Museu Víctor Balaguer