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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 project was the winner of a competition in which the challenge of erecting a building with modern technologies in the Ciutat Vella district, with the proximity of the cathedral and the old Roman wall, was laid out. The winning solution chooses to clearly differentiate a low body, adjusted to the street alignments, and a tower configured independently, with a rectangular plant. The lower body corresponds to the auditorium and is directly linked to the entrance hall through an intermediate mezzanine located above the exhibition hall, on the ground floor. Thus, the building has four levels (the basement, the ground floor, the attic and the function room) that give representative qualities to the part of the building linked to the street, while the tower rises as a series of independent trays, with a vertical communications core (elevator and staircase) located at the rear of the site.
This project is located on a trapezoidal site and must give an appropriate response to the location, since it is located in the same square that serves as an access to the cathedral, but must also become a clear exponent of international modern architecture. The building is divided into two clearly differentiated volumes: the lower one redraws the perimeter of the medieval urban fabric and respects the system of urban spaces, while the tower stands back as far as possible from the square so as not to attack the environment with new forms and materials. The lower volume contains the activities open to the public and the tower the offices.
The path of the lower body occurs in a spiral, through a completely open staircase and is a continuation of the street. From the cooperative you go up to the bar and from the bar to the ground floor, with a completely glass façade. Finally, you reach the auditorium, with a reinforced concrete frieze that supports some of Picasso's sgraffito. The tower is designed as a container for services to the collegiate. Each floor was designed by a different architect, although none of the original interiors are currently preserved.