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.
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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Botanical Institute building – a centre dependent on the Superior Council of Scientific Research – is located at the highest point of the Barcelona Botanical Garden on the side of the Montjuic mountain together with the Olympic Ring.
The building faces the north-east wing of the garden, the area dedicated to the phytoepisodes of the Western Mediterranean and North Africa, with views over the city of Barcelona. It is structured as a horizontal line that intersects the natural sloping terrain like a hinge between two topographic elevations. In this way, the section allows the different programs to be organizsd with independent access from the back road and from the network of paths in the garden.
The Botanical Institute is divided into three different levels according to its program:
– A first underground level located in the large concrete vessel that forms the foundations and that contains, with specific air conditioning, the plant deposits, books, the large herbarium, as well as the installations and the small work area both illuminated and ventilated through patios.
This plant acts as a structural counterweight to the constructive mechanism of the upper plants; a set of reinforced concrete screens, walls, girders that organise the program and support the intermediate level at the level of the garden and from which the upper floor is suspended at the level of the access platform and rear parking lot.
– The multipurpose room and the Salvador Museum, the exhibition area and the cafeteria-restaurant are on the intermediate level, connected to the Botanic Garden’s path network. All of them have access to the garden.
The restricted area intended for scientists; the library, research areas and laboratories and the administration area are on the upper level.
The six-metre corridors adapt to the different structural and lighting requests, making up a continuum in which the gusts become more powerful as the topographic fall of the land becomes more pronounced.
The construction uses the same materials already present in the construction of the garden; exposed concrete and Corten steel.