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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
This building, built in the old town of Barcelona, reflects the desire to adapt to the environment without mimicry, respecting volume, a uniform distribution of spaces and voids and the use of sustainable façade materials that age well. It is considered important to reuse elements of the old, demolished buildings that were determined to be more valuable, such as the Neo-Gothic stone arches of Montjuïc located on the ground floor.
The structure is of reinforced concrete, visible in most of the building. The walls have pieces of Begur stone with irregular spacing and full joint as an exterior finish. A considerable thickness of façade gives a strong thermal inertia to the building, as well as better acoustic insulation.
It has 48 two-bedroom homes, a neighbourhood facility on the ground floors and an apartment with a SW terrace and basement parking.
Located on the corner between Nou de La Rambla and De L’Est Streets, access to the residential area is via the latter through a tall porch that surrounds the south façade. This helps to give more space to this part of the street and connects with the green area planned by PERI, leaving access from Nou de la Rambla Street for public facilities.
The floor plan is made with a single core of access to the central area that serves twelve homes per floor, and at each end of the L-shaped corridor, a unique area illuminates the emergency staircase and a common space facing south. This solution minimises construction, maintenance, cleaning and control costs.
The neighbourhood equipment works in a limited way in the outdoor space pending its renovation, and works on a large south-west terrace on the upper floor. The roof of the building is used as a recreation area for the residents.