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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 El Pinar de Rubí socialcultural centre is based on a 60-metre elongated plot oriented east-west which has a strong transverse slope of 52%. The interior façade close to the intersection of the C-1413-a road is located at +181 elevation. The opposite façade on a plateau at + 189 elevation is the end of a wooded area that is part of the Catalogue of the Archaeological and Natural Heritage of Rubí. The building is 75% semi-buried against a retaining wall that supports the mountainside.
The project, which occupies the entire available plot, has the shape of a butterfly in plan and section. In the left wing, which has two floors, there is an auditorium and above it a nursery for the children of the neighbourhood. In the right wing of three floors there is a small gym, a classroom floor for adults, the exhibition area and the social room.
The building shows solid, rocky image based on mortars with projected stones of different shades of grey in front of the road, perforated and grooved metal sheets of ash colour. On the other hand, the single-storey façade facing the forest is a transparent and permeable body. The pillars that support the roof, in the generously-height space of the social centre, are painted simulating the trees outside.
Visually, between the two wings of the building, in white colours and with the help of a small curtain wall of three floors, there is the point of permeability between the lower and upper levels of the land and which is the link between the lower and upper door. This empty centre is occupied by a double space for stairs and elevators, it functions as a connection between the right and left blocks and reproduces in image and function the small step, like a cliff that existed on the site in the state prior to the construction of the centre.