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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 project arises from the Olympic Village Management Plan. The set adjusts to the plane’s volumetry, although it establishes changes in the alignments. The arched building breaks its rigidity by giving a flick of the tail to a segment of a curve, so that the houses located in the east can see the sea better.
The arch’s rear façade appears as a large screen perforated by the equal windows of bedrooms and stairs. On the façade that faces the sea, the curve of the rear arch is transformed into planes that fold to receive the sliding shutters of the living room’s large windows, which both point and protect the entrance to each staircase.
The square floor plan of the tower, which was foreseen to be almond-shaped, has been modified to a bow facing the sea. All the façades are disorderly invaded by the shutters sliding over the walls and windows.
The centre of the square is a palm tree garden made of different species and sizes, remains of those left from other Olympic facilities. Bar customers will be seated on a one-meter-high terrace surrounding the garden, which is accessed by ramps and stairs.
The gabled tile roof was required in all the buildings of the Olympic Village. To avoid an image of a cap, the tower’s roof was inverted inwards.
Architecture builds public space.
With ramps and stairs, you access a platform that leads to the gates and commercial premises; 1m rises above a palm grove.
Paving vents and volumes emerge from the parking lots in the plaza.
Palm trees of various sizes and species are left over from refurbished and commanded spaces for Olympic Games sports areas and planted in areas without parking.
‘Tu-y-yo: cele’ conversation benches.
A street in the Eixample Cerdà crosses the palm grove and heads towards the sea.
The arrangement of the blocks is the result of a substantial modification of the crescent established by the Management Plan. The main block is turned and deformed to get the best views of the sea. The isolated block gives a semi-enclosed character to the square, while it also leaves a crack towards the north. The main block is the result of the aggregation of a basic module and the application of many variants with respect to this module. It is a staircase with two houses per floor, with the living rooms facing the sea and forming a soft bevel. The aggregation of these bevels articulates the whole façade as a series of layers, including the shutter’s leaves with their mobility. The stairs’ hallways are located at the foot of each bevel, which forms a slight canopy over the door. All stairs are accessed from an elevated terrace that runs from one end of the block to the other, while the rear façade is exclusive to the vehicles.