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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque
Directors arquitecturacatalana.cat

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Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2022 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio
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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.

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Les Cases barates és un conjunt de dues cases (en origen tres) entre mitgeres. Estan composades per planta baixa, un pis i golfes. Aquestes cases no són simètriques, sinó que, mantenint una mateixa estètica, cadascuna és diferent. L'edifici de la esquerra té un cos que sobresurt de dos plantes, a la planta baixa hi ha tres finestres allargades i al primer pis sobresurt una tribuna de tres cares. Aprofitant la separació entre el cos principal i el que sobresurt s'ha fet al primer pis un balcó amb la barana de maons i que a la planta baixa crea u petit porxo, davant de la porta principal, aguantat per una columna salomònica feta de maó. Té dues teulades, una per la casa i altre per el cos secundari, però totes dues són a dues vessants amb el carener perpendicular a la façana principal. La casa de la dreta té a la planta baixa la porta d'entrada i una finestra doble a la dreta. Al primer pis hi ha una porta al centre, que dona pas a un petit balcó, i una finestra enganxada a cada banda. A les golfes hi ha una tribuna sustentada per arcs de maó que es recolzen sobre mènsules, també de maó. Les dues cases estan arrebossades excepte alguns elements de maó com l'emmarcament de les obertures, la columna salomònica o el balcó de la casa de l'esquerra. També hi ha elements decoratius de ceràmica blanca i verda. Construïdes per l'arquitecte municipal R. Puig i Gairalt, entre 1914 i 1915, són obra de la seva joventut, encara fortament marcada pel moviment secessionista de Viena. En el seu origen eren tres cases però la que feia cantonada es va derruir. Gairalt va projectar una casa que fos accessible a tothom gràcies a la reducció de volums i a l'ús de materials de baix cost com el totxo en comptes de la pedra. En el Pla d'Eixample de 1926 pensa projectar dues-centes cases barates seguint un traçat de ciutat-jardí, com els jardins obrers per Pubilla Casas i La Florida, que desbordats per la immigració, al seu punt més fort no va ser possible portar-los a terme.

Source: Inventari del Patrimoni Arquitectònic de Catalunya (IPAC)

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