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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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2019-2024 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2024 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:

2019-2024 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Helena Cepeda Inès Martinel Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

 

Arxiu Mas

 

Basílica de la Sagrada Família

 

Museu del Disseny de Barcelona

 

EINA Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona

Design & Development:

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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.

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The ICTA-ICP building located on the UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona) campus is a research centre in environmental sciences and paleontology. Consistent with their fields of research, the building's users bet on an ambitious response to sustainability challenges. The building, an isolated volume of five floors of 40x40m and two basements, accommodates the following uses. On the ground floor: lobby, bar, classrooms and administration; on the following 3 floors, offices and laboratories; on the deck, greenhouses and rest areas; in the semi-basement, parking and machine rooms; and in the basement, warehouses and the rest of the laboratories. Both offices and laboratories are uses with a lot of internal load that tend to be hot. The ICTA-ICP has been designed to take advantage of it in winter and to dissipate it in summer. We plan the building as an adaptable and flexible infrastructure to possible changes of use.

Source: Mostres d'arquitectura

The ICTA-ICP building located on the UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona) campus is a research center in environmental sciences and paleontology. Consistent with their fields of research, the users of the building opted from the start for a building prepared to give an ambitious response to the challenges of sustainability.
The building is an isolated volume of five floors of 40x40m2 each and two basements, and houses the following uses: on the ground floor, hall, bar, classrooms, meeting rooms and the administration; in the following 3 floors, offices and laboratories; on the roof, orchards (greenhouses) and resting areas; in the semi-basement, parking and machine rooms; and in the basement, warehouses and the rest of the laboratories.
Both offices and laboratories are destined for uses with a lot of internal load and therefore tend to be hot. The ICTA-ICP has been designed to take advantage of this internal load in the winter and to dissipate it in the summer. We plan the building as an adaptable infrastructure, flexible to possible changes of use, developing several simultaneous strategies that complement each other:

. Structure
A concrete structure has been chosen, with a long useful life and low cost, as well as a lot of thermal inertia, which contributes directly to the passive comfort of the building. The amount of concrete has been optimised by distributing its mass in favour of thermal exchange through post-tensioned concrete slabs and lightened with tubes in the central part through which the air circulates. In the upper and lower part, the thermal mass of the slab is activated with radiant systems based on geothermal energy.

. Skin
The concrete structure is wrapped and protected by a low-cost bioclimatic outer skin built from industrialised agricultural greenhouse systems that, opening and closing automatically, regulate solar capture and ventilation, managing to improve the interior temperature in a completely natural way and guaranteeing basic comfort in the spaces in between and circulation.

. Courtyards
In the middle of the building, four vertical courtyards, with staircases that punctually connect the different levels, guarantee light and ventilation in all the workspaces, reducing the consumption of artificial light and, therefore, lowering the internal loads. These patios, as well as all the space between the building and the perimeter gallery, house various plant species, improving comfort thanks to the adjustment of the humidity gradient.

. Basements
The building also takes advantage of all the contact with the ground of its two underground floors to pre-climatise the air renovations of the building, both through the air chamber generated by the pine beams of containment, and with the air chamber of the sanitary forge.

. Wooden boxes
Inside this improved climate there are some well-insulated wooden boxes, with practicable glass openings, which have given the working spaces comfortable conditions. The arrangement of these boxes changes on each floor, adjusting to the needs of the users, creating generous and indeterminate interstitial spaces that link with the circulations and make up more informal meeting and resting spaces.

. Climate and management
The building has been designed to accommodate three types of climates associated with different intensities of use:
Climate A: the intermediate spaces that are heated exclusively from passive systems and bioclimatism; Climate B: offices that combine natural ventilation with semi-passive radiant systems; and Climate C: the laboratories and classrooms that have a more hermetic and conventional operation. Each type of climate has its associated systems. The behaviour of the building is monitored and controlled through an automated computer system that processes and manages an important set of data to optimise comfort and energy consumption. The system has been programmed to maximise passive behavior and minimise the use of non-renewable energy. The building constantly reacts and adapts, opening and closing, activating and deactivating, managing to exhaust the natural possibilities offered by the environment. In this way, the perception of comfort is much more authentic, less artificial than usual.

. Materials
In the choice of materials, a mineral material with a lot of thermal inertia and a long useful life has been chosen for the structure and materials with low environmental impact for the secondary enclosures, prioritising the use of materials of organic origin or recycled and dry construction systems that are reversible and therefore reusable.

. Water
The building works in depth throughout the water cycle, optimising demand and consumption based on the reuse of rainwater, grey, yellow and black water.

Author: H ARQUITECTES

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  1. Premi AJAC (Associació de Joves Arquitectes de Catalunya)

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: No Construït
  2. ICTA-ICP Research Centre of the UAB

    DataAE, H ARQUITECTES, Claudi Aguiló Aran, Albert Domingo Ollé, David Lorente Ibáñez, Josep Ricart Ulldemolins, Xavier Ros Majó, Roger Tudó Galí

    ICTA-ICP Research Centre of the UAB

    The ICTA-ICP building located on the UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona) campus is a research centre in environmental sciences and paleontology. Consistent with their fields of research, the building's users bet on an ambitious response to sustainability challenges. The building, an isolated volume of five floors of 40x40m and two basements, accommodates the following uses. On the ground floor: lobby, bar, classrooms and administration; on the following 3 floors, offices and laboratories; on the deck, greenhouses and rest areas; in the semi-basement, parking and machine rooms; and in the basement, warehouses and the rest of the laboratories. Both offices and laboratories are uses with a lot of internal load that tend to be hot. The ICTA-ICP has been designed to take advantage of it in winter and to dissipate it in summer. We plan the building as an adaptable and flexible infrastructure to possible changes of use.
  3. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture
  4. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner (opinion). Category: Architecture
  5. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Vallès)

    Shortlisted

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