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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Marbella pavilion had to be an isolated building at the northern end of the Poblenou park, with which to start the series of equipment and facilities that in the future should form the sector of the city's seafront, called Parc del Mar. The venue, initially used as the venue for the Badmington competitions at the 1992 Olympics, had to have a capacity of 4,000 spectators; later it would become a sports and cultural centre, consisting of 4 sports courts, seats for 1,000 spectators, changing rooms and restrooms, both its own and the attached athletics track, library, conference room, exhibition hall and outbuildings of the Poblenou Historical Archive.
The building is made up of a main volume that covers the sports hall and the public area, and a perimeter base where the cultural centre and the complementary service spaces are developed. The basement is partially buried with respect to the surrounding land, so that part of the built-up area does not become apparent, and the visible height of the building is reduced.
The main volume is solved by the succession of diaphragms every 3.75 metres or frames of 50 metres of light, formed by metal beams and concrete screens, which are covered with a light inverted roof.
The spaces between screens are closed with practicable glass tops at the bottom and with perforated metal plate tops on the outside, leaving a height of 2.50 metres free from the base, to prevent the direct entry of sunlight and allow different degrees of transparency. The screens penetrate the basement, creating courtyards for lighting and ventilation in the interior spaces.
The main entrance to the building is located on the southwest side, next to the athletics track. The first two bays are dedicated to the public lobby, the administration area and the accesses to the different parts of the building.