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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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Located in the Sants-Montjuïc district, this group of flats is on the southern corner of the block bounded by Carrer de Lleida, Carrer de l'Olivera, Carrer de la Font Honrada and Carrer de Tamarit. It is a group of nine blocks of flats between partitions, each with a doorway.

Rectangular in plan and with two floors per landing, the structure in elevation of each of these buildings comprises a ground floor, mezzanine, four floors, an attic and a rooftop terrace. However, these buildings stand out as the first documented example of Barcelona expressionist architecture.

Each of the dwellings has the same compositional characteristics, giving rise to a unitary ensemble. The ground floor, entirely clad in limestone slabs, opens its shops onto the street through large doorways topped by lintels. For their part, the doorways giving access to the dwellings are framed by a kind of archivolt with a lintel that gives them depth. The mezzanine floor is also clad in stone and crowned with a striking cornice. The rest of the floors are clad with reddish mortar, which originally had green sgraffito decoration based on borders and geometric shapes (as can be seen in the examples preserved along Carrer de l’Olivera). The main characteristic of these buildings is the use of rectangular windows (with the exception of some balconies in Carrer de l'Olivera) and, above all, the use of locating the neighbours' staircase in triangular glazed tribunes which are visible from the street. The attic is finished with red brickwork, marking a horizontal composition that counteracts the verticality of the tribunes.

This group of flats owned by Josep Masana was designed by the architect Ramon Reventós i Farrarons in 1928, coinciding with the process of redevelopment that the area of Poble Sec underwent as a result of the 1929 International Exhibition. The importance of this work lies in its use, for the first time in Catalonia, of an expressionist formal language inspired by Central European experiences in the field of mass housing. It was built in several phases between 1929 and 1930. This work is connected with the European expressionist rationalism of socialist ideology, especially with the "Hofs" of mass housing in Austria and southern Germany.

Ramón Reventós, despite being a little-known architect, played an important role in the construction of the 1929 International Exposition with works such as the Venetian Towers of Avinguda Maria Cristina, the Teatre Grec, the Montjuïc Funicular, the Poble Espanyol and the Miramar Hotel. He is also the author of the Florida Hotelat the top of Tibidabo. His work is mainly Noucentista.

Source: Inventari del Patrimoni Arquitectònic de Catalunya (IPAC)

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  1. Masana House

    Ramon Reventós i Farrarons

    Masana House

    Reventós echoes the hygienist and rationalist ideas regarding social housing that focused architectural debates in Central Europe in the 1920s. In the Masana house, he decided to place the stairs on the side of the façade so that they protrude from the plan and favour the entry of light and air in these areas. He also chooses to remove the closed inner courtyards and to make the same courtyard of the block of houses penetrate the building. The exterior shows a clear mastery of pure forms and their articulation, with a first order on the ground floor marked by a slight cornice, and the crowning of the façade with brickwork. Reventós built for the same owner the neighbouring building on Tamarit Street, where he establishes a U-shaped layout around a courtyard directly connected to the interior patio. The beveled and glazed volumes of the staircase contrast with the windows - of two types - in the houses, closed with shutters and without frames.
  2. Josep Masana II House

    Ramon Reventós i Farrarons

    Josep Masana II House

    Located in the Sants-Montjuïc district, this group of flats is on the southern corner of the block bounded by Carrer de Lleida, Carrer de l'Olivera, Carrer de la Font Honrada and Carrer de Tamarit. It is a group of nine blocks of flats between partitions, each with a doorway. Rectangular in plan and with two floors per landing, the structure in elevation of each of these buildings comprises a ground floor, mezzanine, four floors, an attic and a rooftop terrace. However, these buildings stand out as the first documented example of Barcelona expressionist architecture. Each of the dwellings has the same compositional characteristics, giving rise to a unitary ensemble. The ground floor, entirely clad in limestone slabs, opens its shops onto the street through large doorways topped by lintels. For their part, the doorways giving access to the dwellings are framed by a kind of archivolt with a lintel that gives them depth. The mezzanine floor is also clad in stone and crowned with a striking cornice. The rest of the floors are clad with reddish mortar, which originally had green sgraffito decoration based on borders and geometric shapes (as can be seen in the examples preserved along Carrer de l’Olivera). The main characteristic of these buildings is the use of rectangular windows (with the exception of some balconies in Carrer de l'Olivera) and, above all, the use of locating the neighbours' staircase in triangular glazed tribunes which are visible from the street. The attic is finished with red brickwork, marking a horizontal composition that counteracts the verticality of the tribunes. This group of flats owned by Josep Masana was designed by the architect Ramon Reventós i Farrarons in 1928, coinciding with the process of redevelopment that the area of Poble Sec underwent as a result of the 1929 International Exhibition. The importance of this work lies in its use, for the first time in Catalonia, of an expressionist formal language inspired by Central European experiences in the field of mass housing. It was built in several phases between 1929 and 1930. This work is connected with the European expressionist rationalism of socialist ideology, especially with the "Hofs" of mass housing in Austria and southern Germany. Ramón Reventós, despite being a little-known architect, played an important role in the construction of the 1929 International Exposition with works such as the Venetian Towers of Avinguda Maria Cristina, the Teatre Grec, the Montjuïc Funicular, the Poble Espanyol and the Miramar Hotel. He is also the author of the Florida Hotelat the top of Tibidabo. His work is mainly Noucentista.

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