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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
Set of privately developed housing with state subsidy social housing regulations, with an arrangement in isolated blocks of three floors.
Each house is made up of three tunnel formwork modules, with a group of modules on a single level and another group with three overlapping modules - triplex.
The first group is organised from an uncovered public passage that gives access to the stairs. The gardens of the houses on the ground floor and the reduced height of the blocks contribute to the tree-lined interior street atmosphere.
The exterior of the complex is made of brick. The concrete walls of the prefabricated tunnels only appear on the stairs, where thermal insulation is not required.
The arrangement of the blocks that organise the group of triplexes gives rise to pedestrian crossings that are at a different level from the parking and circulation streets, and that give independent access to the entrances of the houses and their gardens.
The complex is completed by a commercial building and shops on the ground floor of one of the blocks.
The set of homes was built in two phases, corresponding to two groups located on two independent plots and with different typologies. All the homes have been made with a formwork tunnel of 3 metres of light. In one of the groups, the homes occupy three modules horizontally, while in the other group they occupy three modules vertically. The homes are accessed through semi-public passages perpendicular to the tunnels, which give access to the high-rise homes, with four homes per landing. The dimension of the internal steps transforms them into landscaped streets with squares, assimilating the whole set to an urban plot superimposed on an uneven terrain.