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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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
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2019-2024 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

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2019-2024 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Eduard Callís Francesc Rafat Pau Albert Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Mercè Bosch Jaume Farreny Anton Pàmies Juan Manuel Zaguirre Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Moisés Puente Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

Collaborators:

2019-2024 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero Lucía M. Villodres

External Collaborators:

2019-2024 Helena Cepeda Inès Martinel

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

 

Basílica de la Sagrada Família

 

Museu del Disseny de Barcelona

 

Fomento

 

AMB

 

EINA Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona

 

IEFC

 

Fundació Domènench Montaner.

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The plans of the project are signed by Antoni Maria Gallissà because in 1896 Puig i Cadafalch was no longer the municipal architect because of his bad relationship with the Mataró City Council. The house skillfully combines a wide range of ornamental languages, such as sculpture, glass, sgraffitos and ceramics. The stone is not only used to frame the openings, but serves to incorporate the carvings of the sculptor Arnau, who sculpted two relevant figures: the first one is on the tympanum of the door and represents a girl wearing a spindle, a textile emblem that alludes to the owner's industry, while the second figure is at the foot of one of the arches and is the usual Saint George. The rest of the façade is covered with graffiti, and the tribune stands outs, with Nordic reminiscences. The staggered crowning announces the profile of Barcelona’s Amatller House.

Author: Maurici Pla

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

This work was a refurbishment of the façade, since the building had to be simple like the ones that surrounded it in Carrer d'Argentona. It was therefore given a sloping roof, a tribune, windows and a stone portal with ornamental details worked with Gothic reminiscences and elements sculpted by Eusebi Arnau.

As for the interior, we must mention the luxurious visiting room where the coffered ceiling and stained-glass windows stand out, as well as the office of Joaquim Coll i Regàs with a fireplace where his initials are scribbled.

On the inner side of the building there was the garden where other rooms of the house looked like the kitchen and the dining room, where we should also mention the decoration of the coffered ceilings.

The upper floor is arranged symmetrically to the first floor around the courtyard of light, but the treatment of the decoration of this part of the house is, in general, much poorer.

At the top we find a huge attic, from which you can access the tower by stairs, although it seems that originally you could go up to the narrow lookout without having to go through the attic.

Since the house is raised a metre above street level, the basement is at the same height as the garden, but you can also access it through some stairs that are below the ones that go up to the house.

DESCRIPTION

The Coll i Regàs house is located on a plot of land in the western extension of the city of Mataró, configured from the walled enclosure of the 16th century, finally defined and organised according to the plan of the engineer Melcior de Palau and the architect Emili Cabanyes during the last quarter of the 19th century.

It presents, from its origin, a desire for singularity not followed by any other contemporary or later intervention.

It is a modernist building built in 1897. It occupies a double-sided plot between partitions. Its façade measures 11 m and its strict depth is 25 m, to which a rear gallery and the roof over the basement with the side body of the kitchen at a complementary depth of 7.50 m must be added.

It consists of a basement floor, a ground floor slightly raised with respect to the street level in order to ventilate the basement, a floor plan and an attic floor under the roof overhangs. There is also a turret.

Fortunately, the Coll i Regàs house has survived to this day with most of the decoration. One can appreciate the original spatial sense of its architecture that does not depend only on the volumes and composition but also on the materials, polychromies and textures of the facings. At the Coll i Regàs house, a wide variety of trades take place: stone sculpture, wrought iron, stuccos and sgraffitos, mosaics, ceramics, carpentry, glasswork, metalwork, furniture, combining products industrial ones on the market with others of their own design that personalise the façades, interior facings and the space.

On the main façade you can observe the sculptural work carried out by Eusebi Arnau, while it is also present in some interior elements. The tribune, in the Gothic tradition with helical columns, the profusely framed windows and the stepped finish of the ceramic in vivid tones, marks a distinction on the outside that does not detract from the interior.

Despite being one of the first works of Josep Puig i Cadafalch, it already incorporates the whole range of architectural and artistic constants that this architect later used in his remarkable career.

In 1897, work began on the house of Joaquim Coll i Regàs, who had inherited a knitwear factory from his uncle, a family business. Just five years before the work was undertaken, the factory had experienced a considerable boost thanks to exports to Cuba and Puerto Rico favoured by the protectionist laws.

The project was signed by Antoni Maria Gallissà, even though at that time Puig i Cadafalch, the true author, was no longer the municipal architect of Mataró and, therefore, there was no incompatibility.

HISTORICAL REPORT

No one doubts that it is a building designed and directed by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch on behalf of the industrialist Joaquim Coll i Regàs, despite the fact that in the original project, presented to the town hall in 1897, there is his signature, but also that of the architect Antoni Maria Gallissà. The building, on the other hand, is also known as Casa Fontdevila, the later owner, due to the premature death of Joaquim Coll. Designed and built as a single-family home, it is currently owned by the Caixa Laietana foundation, which maintains it for welfare (basement), representative and cultural uses. The 1987 restoration, facilitated by Caixa Laietana, has been very faithful and respectful of the original. Finally, it is necessary to highlight the great similarities between this building and the Ametller house - Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona - built two years later, in 1900.

Source: Inventari del Patrimoni Arquitectònic de Catalunya (IPAC)

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  1. Joaquim Coll i Regàs House

    Josep Puig i Cadafalch

    Joaquim Coll i Regàs House

    The plans of the project are signed by Antoni Maria Gallissà because in 1896 Puig i Cadafalch was no longer the municipal architect because of his bad relationship with the Mataró City Council. The house skillfully combines a wide range of ornamental languages, such as sculpture, glass, sgraffitos and ceramics. The stone is not only used to frame the openings, but serves to incorporate the carvings of the sculptor Arnau, who sculpted two relevant figures: the first one is on the tympanum of the door and represents a girl wearing a spindle, a textile emblem that alludes to the owner's industry, while the second figure is at the foot of one of the arches and is the usual Saint George. The rest of the façade is covered with graffiti, and the tribune stands outs, with Nordic reminiscences. The staggered crowning announces the profile of Barcelona’s Amatller House.
  2. Partial Rehabilitation of Joaquim Coll i Regàs House

    Jaume Coll i Fulcarà

    Partial Rehabilitation of Joaquim Coll i Regàs House

    Casa Coll i Regàs is a modernist building located in the municipality of Mataró. It was designed by the Catalan architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch in 1898 on behalf of businessman Joaquim Coll i Regàs, an important textile manufacturer from Mataró. The objective of the action carried out responds to a first phase of the rehabilitation works of the house, with the aim that it can recover the splendor of the original building and, in addition, have all the safety guarantees for users and pedestrians. Existing pathologies on the façade and roof of the building have been treated, some of them generated by slight structural movements, and many others by the passage of time and the difficulty of maintenance. The preserved remains made it possible to obtain the template for the restitution of the ornamental motif, and through the application of artisanal techniques, to faithfully reproduce the cladding of the façade and, in the tribune of the first floor, to restore the original sgraffito.
  3. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Maresme)

    Shortlisted
    Partial Rehabilitation of Joaquim Coll i Regàs House

    Jaume Coll i Fulcarà

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