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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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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.
Casa Vilaró is one of the first rationalist buildings in Barcelona, built by a Sixte Illescas who had not yet turned thirty. It is, therefore, a building created by one of the founding members of GATCPAC in its early days.
The house is located on an extraordinarily steep hill on which Coll del Portell Avenue winds to save its slope, twisting on itself to the point that the plot where it sits is served twice by the same street.
The building is very hard to see from the street. The back is covered by a fence of about three metres, and the front by the overgrown vegetation that the owners have kept in the garden. It has only a wall facing the street, with the garage door. It relates to the distant views over Barcelona and creates its own outdoor spaces through the terrace that follows the continuous and curved perimeter that forms its characteristic profile. This terrace is covered by an eaves of the same width, supported by six metal columns of minimum section. The appearance of the building resembles that of a ship and is ascribed to the "naval" current of the first Modern Movement.
The house is organized with the living spaces on the first floor, served by the terrace, facing the view, and a ground floor that contains the rooms, illuminated zenithally by a long and narrow window, located just in contact with the ceiling, of singular design, that contributes to create the illusion that the living area floats on the terrain.
The house is for private use and the interiors contain furniture designed by Illescas himself.
On the west side there is a fully stepped passage from which it is easy to get a close view of the house.
This isolated single-family house is located on a very sloping plot, facing south and with views over Barcelona. To take advantage of the plot, Illescas decided to place the house in the upper part of the plot and establish the access through the back street, through the glass stairwell that appears above the roof. One floor below the access you are leaded to the main floor, which is where practically the entire functional program of the house is developed. On one side of the lobby are the day and service areas, and on the other side, the night area. Going down a service staircase you reach the semi-basement floor, where some complementary service activities are carried out. The windows, the canopy and the curved volumetry of the house follow the nautical style of the first works of the Modern Movement. The service areas’ windows are horizontal and are placed in a high position to make better use of the interior space and hide the views from the outside. The other windows of the house occupy the entire south side of the main floor, and are protected by a porch, covered with a two-meter overhanging slab that acts as a sunshade and is reminiscent of the deck of a ship. The closing of the windows is carried out by roller blinds.