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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 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.
The project tries to establish a symbiosis between the aspects of the traditional Mediterranean house – the entrance/atrium, the internal street of access to the houses, the patio-garden of the Roman house, etc. – with the intentions of the movement modern, such as the concrete structure, the splitting into duplex, the recovery of the roof, etc...
Likewise, construction is understood as an artisanal process with a high prevalence of trades, using old techniques such as plastered lime stucco, appliqués or marble gravel pavements, together with the most sophisticated techniques in the treatment of plastics, glass and aluminum.
The fact that the new regulations of the A.M.B qualify large areas of urban centres as extensive residential (12 and 13) – where the great height of the unfolded ground floor equals the main body of the building, together with the fact that more than 50% of the building is not intended for residence – I think that it forces a fairly radical reconsideration in the preparation of the project, both in compositional criteria and in programmatic and typological ones.
In this short report I will limit myself to listing some of the intentions of the project that foreshadow the result, without going into considerations about the formal language used.
1- Complying with the regulations regarding parking spaces – avoiding the trauma of the ramp and the use of a small basement between the partition walls – led me to the solution of the lateral garages on the ground floor.
2- The entrance atrium avoids the theme of the receding loft, giving the duplex premises a higher quality in the form of a small gallery.
3- The layout of the staircase and the replacement of the lift by a small freight lift frees up the centre allowing a more global and clear reading from the lobby.
4- The sum of the circulation spaces with the necessary surfaces of interior courtyards allows greater generosity in the treatment of community space, transforming it into a street and interior courtyard.
5- The choice of a typology of duplex homes, recovering for each of them its proportional part of the roof-solarium, turns them almost into terraced homes.
6- The recovery of the patio-garden inside the island, taking advantage of the existing unevenness, allows the location of the underground premises and the small duplex studios with access from the ground floor.