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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 project responds to the need to convert the old Charity House into a metropolitan cultural facility, respecting the old building and incorporating a program consisting of a new lobby, two exhibition halls and a system of ramps that connected all the floors. Viaplana chooses to build a new body on the free side of the building and turn the basement of the Women’s Patio into the new lobby. The access takes place down a ramp from the same courtyard, and from the lobby you reach the ramps that slide along the façade of the new building. This is an intervention that gives a new functionality and a new character to the courtyard, closed on one side by a large glass partition. At the point where the partition extends beyond the existing building, it folds over the courtyard, suggesting a covering gesture, while, through reflection, it provides a suggestion of the urban landscape that extends outside the courtyard.
The CCCB is the result of the partial rehabilitation of the architectural ensemble of the Provincial House of Charity, an old charity for the hospice, created in 1802 and which functioned as such until 1957. The current building is based on the adaptation of the original structure surrounding the large central courtyard, known as the Women's Patio, structured in three five-story wings arranged in the shape of a letter U. The new project replaced the north wing by a prismatic body 30 m high that forms a spectacular glazed façade that in its highest part leans over the courtyard as a cantilever. This new element becomes, with its play of reflections, a mirror of the landscape and a privileged viewpoint over the city, and at the same time it functions as a traffic area (lobbies, elevators, stairs).
The exterior façade of Montalegre Street and the three interior façades of the courtyard were restored, and the decoration of sgraffito and majolica applications corresponding to the remodeling of the Noucentista style carried out between 1926 and 1929 was recovered in the structural elements characteristic of the original work, the brick vaults, the large arches and the pillars of exposed stone ashlars have also been preserved. The new building has a total of 15,000 m2 of which 4,000 m2 are for exhibition halls. The current facilities also have three classrooms, an auditorium and multipurpose spaces such as the lobby, the Women's Patio and the Mirador Room. The CCCB was officially inaugurated in February 1994.