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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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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 Can Ricart municipal sports complex is a building located in the heart of the south of the Raval district, an area where important activities have been carried out in recent years. The equipment is significant for the revitalisation of the neighbourhood in its traditionally more degraded sector, and must contribute to the integration of all the social sectors that live in the area through its use in sports and wellness activities.
The building completes the block between the Rambla del Raval and the Els Horts de Sant Pau Gardens. Architecturally, the project's strategy was based on pre-existing conditions that made it particularly complex, as it had to integrate two big enough buildings, such as the Raval pavilion by the architect Jordi Farrando (from 1989) and the industrial 19th century building of Can Ricart, presumably by the master builder Josep Fontserè. The main effort of the architects has been to make it a functionally compact and functionally coherent set, which volumetrically maintains the reading of the three diverse bodies that make it up: the two existing buildings and the new construction that contains the swimming pool, formally autonomous.
The Can Ricart building, which was in a rather bad state, has been rehabilitated in the spirit of the original in its most defining characteristics. The façade by Josep Fontserè has been rehabilitated, recovering the stucco’s original colours, and a double-height central space where the Ricart family used to have their contracting room has been exposed. This space has been rehabilitated with sensitivity and a certain discretion. A skylight that had been over the central space has been recovered. On the rest of the façades, more abused by the multiple interventions carried out over the years to annex and demolish buildings around them, the work consisted of recovering the original order of holes and giving a unifying patina that allows you to subtly see the wounds of history on its walls.
The new building is austere in materials and formally contained. The façade is made of exposed concrete, which has been given a texture that wants to be a tribute to the beginnings of the textile industry in Catalonia in this area of the city.