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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque
Directors of the COAC Digital Archive

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Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

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Memory

El projecte va resultar guanyador d’un concurs en què es plantejava el repte de construir un edifici amb tecnologies modernes en el context de Ciutat Vella, amb la proximitat de la catedral i de la vella muralla romana. La solució guanyadora opta per diferenciar clarament un cos baix, ajustat a les alineacions de carrer, i una torre configurada amb independència, de planta rectangular. El cos baix correspon a la sala d’actes i queda vinculat directament al vestíbul d’entrada a través d’un altell intermedi situat a sobre de la sala d’exposicions, a la planta baixa. Així, l’edifici disposa de quatre nivells (el semisoterrani, la planta baixa, l’altell i la sala d’actes) que atorguen unes qualitats representatives a la part de l’edifici vinculada al carrer, mentre que la torre s’eleva com una sèrie de safates independents, amb un nucli de comunicacions vertical (ascensor i escala) situat a la part posterior del solar.

Author: Maurici Pla

Source: Catalunya : guia d'arquitectura moderna, 1880-2007

Este proyecto se encuentra situado en un solar trapezoidal y tiene que dar una respuesta apropiada al emplazamiento, ya que está situado en la misma plaza que sirve de acceso a la catedral, pero también convertirse en un claro exponente de la arquitectura moderna internacional. El edificio se divide en dos volúmenes claramente diferenciados: el más bajo redibuja el perímetro de la trama urbana medieval y respeta el sistema de espacios urbanos, mientras que la torre se retrasa al máximo de la plaza para no agredir al entorno con nuevas formas y materiales. El volumen más bajo contiene las actividades abiertas al público y la torre las oficinas. El recorrido del cuerpo bajo se produce en espiral, a través de una escalera completamente abierta y es una continuación de la calle. De la cooperativa se sube al bar y del bar a la planta baja, con la fachada completamente de vidrio. Finalmente se llega a la sala de actos, con un friso de hormigón armado que sirve de soporte a unos esgrafiados de Picasso. La torre está planteada como un contenedor de servicios al colegiado. Cada planta fue diseñada por un arquitecto distinto, aunque actualmente no se conserva ninguno de los interiores originales.

Author: Xavier Llobet i Ribeiro

Source: DOCOMOMO Ibérico

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