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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
The intervention takes place in a building built in 1917, located in one of the few existing pedestrian passages in the upper part of Barcelona. In this passage, an attempt was made to test the compatibility of the English garden city model with the terraced house type.
The street façade of this existing architecture has been preserved, and it is undoubtedly the best testimonial reference from the time of construction.
When the restoration began, the house was in a dilapidated state, with only its essential structure preserved: façades, load-bearing walls and the Catalan vault staircase. Based on these elements, the interior space was redistributed. In the central corridor, there is the staircase on one side, from which all its surface finishes are changed. On the other side we find the kitchen and a dining room-office which is ventilated and illuminated through a small interior patio and the façade, respectively. In the area facing the garden, the old gallery attached to the façade has been removed. Through a sliding glass window, the living room and the dining room are spatially extended towards the back garden to the porch that closes the opposite end. The bedrooms are located on the ground floor. On the roof, the originally existing volume was restructured again, moving it to the north side to accommodate a swimming pool and a solarium on the south side, and leaving the back space as an auxiliary service roof.