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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 previous situation of the City of Justice presented the different judicial departments of the city of Barcelona and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat scattered in 17 buildings, distributed between the two cities. The unification of all of them into a new City of Justice results in greater efficiency, allows workspaces to adapt to the constant transformation of the judiciary and, at the same time, reserves some space for future growth.
The most significant proposal of the project is to fragment the ambitious program - of 241,519.92 m2 of built surface - in a series of separate but interrelated buildings, which are arranged on a space thought to be a public square. The buildings are revealed as measured blocks, with load-bearing façades of reinforced and coloured concrete. The proposal aims to balance the different relationships between work areas, public areas and the landscape.
The atrium building becomes the main public space of the complex and it is where people communicate with each other, as well as constituting the main circulation path of the Judicial City. It acts as a distribution channel and as a filter for access to court offices. With only four heights, its volumetric impact is lower. This element also makes it possible to articulate the entrances to the City of Justice and at the same time provide them with a space for presentation and an indispensable relationship in an intervention of this nature.
Regarding the material, the façades are made of coloured reinforced concrete. Made in situ, the pigment is added in the dosage and not a posteriori. While smooth texture is noticeable in close perception, colour plays a key role on a global scale. The diversity of volumes and their undifferentiated treatment are complemented by the colouring that identifies each of the buildings: six colours for eight buildings. Pigments are basically iron oxides except green, which is chromium oxide. Among its most notable features, they are stable, indissoluble and inert, keeping the qualities of colour intact over time.