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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
The Montjuïc cemetery, inaugurated in 1883, is located on the southern slope of the mountain, now bounded by the Ronda del Litoral and, beyond, the port. It is the largest cemetery in Barcelona, with more than 150,000 tombs, and was located where it could not disturb (neither then, nor now) the city's urban growth.
Its layout corresponds to the architect Leandre Albareda, who created a real urban plan based on named streets that meander along the slopes of the mountain, saving slopes that sometimes reach forty-five degrees.
The cemetery offers many different routes, with paths made of stone from the mountain itself, which run between overgrown vegetation and gardens that give it a special character.
It is especially known for its funerary architecture because for decades the most important figures of the city have been buried there, who have left their mark in the form of singularly designed tombs, some of which are profusely decorated with sculptures. Its catalog of modernist architecture is exceptional and includes the main architects of the movement, such as Puig i Cadafalch and Domènech i Montaner, as well as many of the city's main architects and sculptural jewels such as The Grief, by Josep Llimona, in the original version, before copies were made available for the sculptor at the MNAC and the Parliament of Catalonia. The sculptural catalog of the tombs is rich in names and symbolism. The walk through the cemetery offers, in addition to a tour of exceptional quality architecture, an excursion through what has been the culture of the country for decades and until today.
Recently, architect Francesc Rius has built a remarkable architectural funeral home at the bottom of the cemetery, with resonances from Erik Gunnar Asplund’s Forest Cemetery mixed with great respect for the original planning.