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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
Detached rectangular building located in the Bonanova neighbourhood. It consists of a semi-basement, ground floor, two floors and a flat roof; on the roof there is a small one-storey building with a double-sloped roof, which is not visible from the street. Inside there were two identical houses per floor, the distribution of which was made around the living-dining room space.
The openings on the four façades, all rectangular and without decoration, are organised according to longitudinal axes. On the long sides there are the entrance doors which are accessed from a flight of stairs that saves the space occupied by the semi-basement; on one of these façades there is a balcony per floor, which takes up the space of two openings. In the two narrowest façades, the central part of each floor is occupied by a large window that gives way to a work balcony and a window on both sides. The facing is plastered and painted cream except for the walls of the balconies, which are painted an earthy colour that makes them stand out.
This building is the result of the transformation of a single-family villa into a house of flats for rent. Of the original house, only the garden, currently transformed into a parking lot, a small annex building, the entrance door and the exterior gate of the property decorated with tiles are preserved. The promoters of this work were Ignacio Rosales Fernández de Castro and his sister-in-law Manuela de Arquer, widow of José Rosales.
In 1954 the architect Joan Baca i Reixach carried out a refurbishment to adapt it to the Dexeus Clinic dispensary. Currently (2018), it houses the Milenium Iradier de Sanitas medical centre.