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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.
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The Collage Building - Teresa Pàmies Cultural Centre is an architecture integrated in the community and connected to the urban landscape as well as Barcelona’s social needs. It is a vertical city project organised by horizontal strata where each of the floors is related to the others by means of perforations and voids. Thus, we have an equipment building that combines several uses: a nursery school, a library, a play centre, a civic centre and an event hall. They are five programs that call for a close relationship with the outside; however, they share a single ground floor. This becomes a permeable and active civic place, which connects the surrounding city with the building and the park inside the block. The result is a collage of different parts, a sequential walk of urban episodes.
A six-story curtain wall of transparent glass between partitions masks a very complex building, which superimposes three completely independent programs with a common access floor that extends to an interior garden that occupies the rest of the plot.
There is a civic centre in the basement. Above the entrance, a nursery and, above this, a library. The library, the program with the greatest influx of public, is connected to the access via a system of express elevators that is marked on the façade of Comte d'Urgell Street.
The building is very porous and includes a series of very beautiful spaces that organise the various programs: the civic centre breathes through a garden courtyard on which the volume of the auditorium floats, which makes the access unique and offers good views from the street to the inner courtyard.
The nursery opens onto a raised terrace, two stories high, open to the interior of the block. It is characterised by a series of walls covered with ceramic tiles in various colours. The patio forms a true elevated park.
The library is spread over the four upper floors. Facing Comte d'Urgell Street, two double elevations open up, giving the interior spaces a very unique relationship with the street. It is organised by means of a triple-height atrium illuminated from above, a very vertical space that creates a rich and interesting interior world.
Dynamism characterises all the spaces, which cannot be visited sequentially since each program is designed for a specific type of user, with different privacy requirements.
The design of the auditorium on the ground floor should be highlighted, with a sloping patio that serves as a cover for the civic centre’s patio.
All the furniture has been designed or chosen by the architects.
The Collage Building is an architecture integrated in the community and connected to the urban landscape as well as Barcelona’s social needs. It is a vertical city project organised by horizontal strata where each of the floors is related to the others by means of perforations and voids. Thus, we have an equipment building that combines several uses: a nursery school, a library, a play centre, a civic centre and an event hall. They are five programs that call for a close relationship with the outside but with only one ground floor. The result is a collage of different parts and different urban episodes.
Rahola Vidal Arquitectes, Víctor Rahola i Aguadé, Jorge Vidal Tomás