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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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Detached house between partitions, with a rectangular plan and made up of a ground floor, a main floor and a roof in the Catalan style. On the ground floor it has a plinth that reaches up to the height of the base of the windows. It has a central door flanked by a window on each side. All three openings have a decoration in the shape of a regular trapezoid on top, on which three glazed ceramic tiles with greenish tones and naturalistic motifs from the Pujol i Bausis factory in Esplugues de Llobregat are placed. We also find an imposition of green tiles on both sides of these windows, in their upper part. On the upper floor, once again the central axis of the set stands out from the presence of a small balcony with a door with a wrought iron railing and supported on corbels that die to the façade in a staggered fashion. The front of the balcony platform also has a ceramic decoration in greenish tones that combines smooth pieces with others with naturalistic motifs. On either side of the balcony there are two windows with a sill that pretends to rest on a blind lowered arch. The openings of the ground floor and the first floor coincide in their location on a vertical axis. The elements that give more character to the whole are at the top of the building. At the limit between the end of the floor body and the parapet railing of the upper terrace is an eaves supported on a gallery of blind arches and in the centre of each of the arches is a circular spiral made of glazed ceramic in green tones reproducing motifs similar to those on the ground floor window tiles. In the gap between the rounded shape of the arch and the straight line of the eaves, small triangles or crannies decorated with fragments of blue glazed ceramics are created. Finally, the face of the upper Catalan-style terrace is decorated with a border of geometric motifs made of blue ceramic. The trend of these motifs is horizontal, although in the central part, happening to meet with the line of the door and the balcony, the motifs maintain a vertical line. The scholar Mercè Vidal considers this house as an example of the transition expressed by Borrell from Modernism to Noucentisme. This building maintains notable differences in style from the house that Josefa Serra had built the same year right next to it.
The house was commissioned by Josefa Serra de Molins to the municipal architect Gabriel Borrell i Cardona in 1918. Its decoration is very reminiscent of the house located at 12-12 Carreretes Street (file number 3), also designed by Gabriel Borrell.
It is part of the Sant Feliu Modernist Route.
Rectangular plan, ground floor and main floor, finished off with a roof. It presents an alternation of balconies and windows on the first floor and interesting details in the corbels under the roof. Decoration with ceramic tiles on the windows.