Intro

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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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

In Pictures

  • Crypt of Güell Colony

  • Crypt of Güell Colony

Memory

Gaudí va treballar en el projecte durant deu anys, i les obres no s’iniciaren fins el 1908. Es tracta d’un autèntic laboratori en plena naturalesa on Gaudí alterna els seus descobriments amb les obres de la Pedrera, la Sagrada Família i el parc Güell. La cripta consisteix en una estructura de pilars inclinats de pedra basàltica, de fust monolític, preparats per suportar l’església que es volia construir al damunt. El sostre és format per un complex sistema de fines catenàries de maó pitxolí que segueixen una geometria molt irregular, guiada per nombroses al·lusions al món animal i vegetal. A les primeres filades del sistema murari, més fosques, segueixen unes filades vermelloses, i l’església havia de continuar amb tons verdosos i finalment blaus, el mateix ordre cromàtic del bosc que l’envolta. Gaudí va treballar amb maquetes de catenàries per traçar les voltes que havien de culminar el conjunt, si bé la cripta és el resultat del treball in situ amb tota mena de materials trobats i reciclats, com les reixes de les finestres o els maons de rebuig. Gaudí acaba imprimint a totes les superfícies nombroses simbologies religioses i catalanistes, com ara les quatre virtuts cardinals representades al mosaic situat sobre la porta d’entrada.

Author: Maurici Pla

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

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