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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
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This is a single-family home in Vallvidrera, on plot number 4 of the existing estate between the streets of Actor Morano and the funicular’s route.
The plot is located on a steep slope with accessibility problems, with a north-east orientation although with magnificent wide views over a forest close to the city. The house is built in two parallel and staggered bodies on the slope that build an empty space, oriented to the south, with a distant view of a mountain and the sea.
These two bodies are connected on the lower level by organising the garage and annexes at the back, and a linear and continuous space at the front: hall and play area, gym with changing rooms and sauna, and owner's suite. Spaces that communicate through sliding panels and that connect to the outdoor pool.
At the top of the front body there is a large space intended for living room-library-study which is connected to the lower level by an open staircase with a zenith skylight over the hall and a small secret staircase hidden by a piece of furniture, which connects the living room with the owner's bedroom.
A small dining room and the kitchen are in the rear body. Between these bodies and crossing as a connecting link is the patio, there is a small, glazed body that can be opened and incorporated into the empty space between the two volumes.
This space plays with light by means of large mobile panels next to the sea and a pergola suspended by catenaries of small wooden slats that offer denser shade. The background of this space, which incorporates the kitchen, is the mountain where a forest of black reed bamboos has been planted.
The side garden that joins this space with the lower level of the pool is made up of another grove of white cane bamboo.
Finally, the guest suite is at the top of the rear body, communicated by a staircase that intertwines the three levels.