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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
The special relationship between the site’s boundaries and the alignments that define the inner courtyard of the island inevitably led to the appearance of a huge dividing wall presiding over the courtyard.
With the intention of softening its presence, the whole building was treated with the same material and the same construction resources as those used in the traditional partitions of Barcelona. The pretension, no doubt optimistic, was that the neighbours who lived in the houses that opened onto the courtyard would not perceive that the building turned its back on them, but would show them a façade like those facing the street.
Many concerns are noted in the project at the same time: resolving access to housing through a single and generous space that provided a meeting place for residents; mixing the maximum number of types and sizes of housing to encourage the diversity of occupants; exploring the possibilities of penthouses when they are not considered simple additions to a projected building without them; giving privacy and diminishing the exaggerated surface of its terraces run through skylights that gave zenithal light to the floors inferior; radically interior kitchens and bathrooms with forced extractions...
We studied the possibilities offered by a volume rigidly fixed by urban ordinances to accommodate a wide range of types of housing. The variation of the program of the different units within the same building allows the diversity of the familiar composition of the users.
We wanted to test the extent to which an apartment building in an urban area could be configured differently from the usual model, a model that is limited to superimposing the same floors, usually formed by the repetition of a typical house, which offers very few possibilities for housing diversified uses. As we wanted a single access and staircase and all the houses facing the street, the solution ended up including single, duplex, triplex and quadruple homes.