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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 residential building in Barcelona's Eixample district presents an elevation that alternates strips of full and empty spaces with great compositional simplicity. The three façades that make up the chamfer are unified by continuous balconies, with beige stuccoed parapets and topped with a steel tube handrail. The façade plane is maroon to increase the contrast and reinforce the depth of the balcony. It is interesting how the dining room windows come forward and are integrated into the balconies, achieving an almost imperceptible vertical counterpoint. The composition of the volume shows clear references to Mies van der Rohe's concrete office building but adapted to a residential building. The layout of the plant is fully functional. It has three houses per landing, two of which face the chamfer, while the third presents a façade to an existing side passage. This passage allows most of the rooms in the building to ventilate to the outside. The wet areas are grouped to form service cores that ventilate interior patios: the central core, shared by the two symmetrical houses on the corner, deserves special attention. Due to his Noucentista training, Duran i Reynals changed styles very easily. He could make a neoclassical building and a rationalist one simultaneously, depending on the commission. In this case, he opted for the rationalist style at the insistence of the client's husband.
Building located at the chamfer of Còrsega and Roger de Llúria Streets, in Dreta de l'Eixample. The main façade adopts the chamfered shape of the Eixample blocks, having two short sections on each street and a wider central section on the chamfer. In Roger de Llúria Street a passage opens up which leads to the gardens of Carmen Vianda in the interior of the block, where the side façade is located, while in Còrsega Street the house forms a partition with the building next door.
It consists of a ground floor, six floors and an attic that is set back from the plan of the façade and is not visible from the street. The façade is marked by large horizontal lines that correspond to the wall of the construction terraces, painted in a cream tone, and the interior wall of the maroon terraces with the brown shutters. This combination of colours creates a chromatic game that provides plasticity to the façade. This horizontality is only broken at the corners where smooth columns mark the edges of the chamfer.
The functionality of the plant stands out with three homes per level.
This building is one of the icons of Catalan Rationalism for being one of the first to adapt to GATCPAC criteria due to its functionalism.