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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque
Directors of the COAC Digital Archive

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About us

Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

In Pictures

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Memory

Es tracta d’un edifici de nova planta, de planta baixa més dos pisos, a més d’una terrassa coberta. La planta baixa estava destinada a magatzems i els pisos eren habitatges. La casa incorpora les aportacions més genuïnes de Masó a la consolidació d’un llenguatge arquitectònic pròpiament modern. El volum de l’edificació queda trencat per la cantonada al biaix, amb grans obertures que deixen separats els dos panys de paret. Masó opta per l’estuc llis per a les façanes, amb un ritme ordenat de finestres retallades amb uns elements d’emmarcament molt lleus. Destaca la pilastra de maó vist adossada a una de les façanes, un element aparentment arbitrari que ajuda a resoldre l’excessiva senzillesa d’aquest pany. La coberta queda totalment separada del cos de l’edifici i projecta una ombra contundent que emfasitza el plantejament purista del conjunt.

Author: Maurici Pla

Source: Catalunya : guia d'arquitectura moderna, 1880-2007

L'any 1921 Rafael Masó construeix aquesta casa unifamiliar en el nou eixample sorgit de l'enderroc del baluard de Santa Clara. En el projecte, de planta baixa i dos pisos, la cantonada es converteix en l'element definidor de la façana, si bé al llarg de les obres es va suprimir la torre que havia de coronar-la. El parament exterior destaca per un tractament de superficies planes i obertures verticals decorades amb ceràmica vidriada.

Author: Fundació Rafael Masó

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