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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
It is a new building in a consolidated urban area, with one side facing the Ronda del General Mitre, one of the most important roads with the highest traffic density in Barcelona, and the other sides facing small neighbourhood roads. For this reason, the building varies in height and the façades respond to the different environments.
There is a plinth covered with concrete panels that marks the first floors of the building; the ones at the top, where the rooms are, are worked with panels finished in aluminum that fold in some parts to mark the openings to the outside. The module covered with wooden slats that juts out over the main road houses spaces for community use on each floor.
In addition to the characteristics of the area, there is the challenge of producing collective spaces – for protection, exchange and permanence – in a plot of minimum dimensions for a building of this type. There was just enough area to develop the rooms and service areas, but a way was sought to create spaces so that the patients could socialise.
On the ground floor of Dolors Aleu, in the southern part of the building, the activities of the gym and the cafeteria, generally limited to the spaces created for such purposes, can extend to the terrace, open on one side towards the Ronda de General Mitre. The roof that results from the change in volume on the third floor becomes passable and is used as a terrace for patients and visitors. The central corridor, which organises the spaces on all floors, on this level opens towards the outside to configure a patio with trees and rest benches. The wood and metal of the façades are repeated in the furniture and in the pavement of the terrace, consistent with the materiality of the entire building. In the typical floor plan there are two interior meeting areas, each at the end of the central corridor. These spaces were left free, with the ability to assume any type of collective function.