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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Waste Treatment Center (CTR) is located on a slope of the Coll Cardús mountain massif, in the municipality of Vacarisses, in the region of Vallès Occidental.
This site was currently occupied by the facilities of a controlled waste deposit on the verge of exhausting its capacity. This fact caused the management entity of the controlled deposit to consider it necessary to regulate its closure and to study the possible future uses of the area. The choice of the location of the CTR was made taking into account criteria of logistical and economic suitability, as well as minimisation of the environmental impact that entails the installation and exploitation of activities related to waste management.
The activity of the pre-existing landfill had not been respectful of its immediate surroundings and had caused alterations to the natural environment and modifications to the existing topography. For this reason, it was decided to implement the facilities in the areas where the activity of the landfill had already spoiled the natural environment. Despite the magnitude of the centre’s facilities, the project aims to achieve maximum landscape integration with the environment. For this, a maximum topographical adaptation is sought, where the impact of the roofs and façades is minimised through the subsequent landscape revegetation.
The project envisages the construction of a large roof under which the two large treatment areas will be located. These, separated by the access road, have different heights and are based on different elevations, which is why the roof changes its geometry depending on the programmes and the dimensions of each site.
The variety of requirements that the roof must accommodate, forced ventilation, skylights, etc., is homogenised through a graphic structure that also allows it to be converted into a landscape cover.
The different circles contain soils, gravels and upholstery specific to the region that will eventually have to balance the impact of the installations without falling into camouflage or imitation.