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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
This house is mainly a wall, shaped by the movements of the furniture which tries to find its correct position into the room.
The interior of a room!
The delicate movements of the furniture then enter the garden which forms a continuity with the interior of the house.
The back of the house runs on the limit of the urbanistic permission of the piece of land.
This limit is the edge used to support the geometry of the house, which finds its place into the strict limitations of the soil.
The real façade of the house is in the back, where an important piece of garden grows beneath the perimetral walls of the house and of the garden.
The house is done in brick, and the structure is done by walls.
There's only one metal column in the interior and only one concrete pillar in the exterior, in order to permit a cantilivered balconry.
The walls are covered with plaster and painted.
The windows permit the vision of the house from the house.
It's a house looking at itself.
Wooden shades at each window will permit to control the entry of light into the interior of the house.
The garden and the house are on different levels to give an optical impression of more distance, to give the illusion of more space.
The house and the garden themselves are comparable to a liveable stairway.
And, in fact, the real stairway in the interior is the place where most of the important rituals of the house happen: the entry, the library, the secret top sitting-room with a bench leaning into the stair space.
Paintings are supposed to hang here.
The stairway is the best place to contemplate pictures, such as paintings or such as the outside of the windows.
Every window is oriented toward the best views.