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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
Civil building. Detached single-family house. It consists of a semi-basement, ground floor, floor and attic. The walls of the semi-basement are plastered with masonry. Gable roof with glazed Arabic tiles. There is a tower with a square plan which ends with a viewpoint. Vertical communication takes place in this same tower. On the ground floor there is an open gallery or portico with cone-shaped arches. The openings are framed with stuccos with floral geometric motifs. There is a perimeter impost or border made up of alternating tiles.
Inside the garden, in front of the main façade, there is a pergola built in the Noucentista period and style. Today it is partially dismantled, but it retains the supporting structure of two small temples, each designed as a set of double pillars at the outer ends and double columns inside, which draw a quadrilateral in plan. They are crowned with an entablature and cornice, and at each angle there is an ornamental ball. The lateral and rear intercolumniations are closed with an openwork trellis of wooden slats arranged in a rhombus shape, where access doors and portholes at the top. On the entablature supported the ceilings, made with a wooden framework, and the pergola itself, which took the form of a barrel vault made with wooden slats and metal wires. These elements that gave shade are the ones that have disappeared.
It is the most interesting work of Planas Calvet together with the Santamaria house. It corresponds to the stage closest to the architect Vosey, and in particular to the house in Bedford Park.
The isolated tower model was born and proliferated with the summering phenomenon of the bourgeois of Catalan cities, but especially Barcelona. It started at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and lasted until the end of the 1920s.