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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
In the centre of an important residential initiative of public promotion and with rectangular plots (100x35 m.) on both sides of the large central square of the new district, 200 homes, 100 on each side, parking lots and commercial premises have been planned. They have followed basic criteria already used in a previous work of housing for public promotion in Dr. Pi i Molist Street, Barcelona (1978): to contribute to the definition of the surrounding urban space with the linearity of the buildings. To arrange parallel linear blocks that define a large central courtyard to which only bedrooms give, avoiding promiscuity and degradation of the common spaces in which services and kitchens open. To design with minimal architectural gestures combined with the quality of construction and materials used.
To use vulgar construction means requalified by the superimposition of additional design elements. To experience the theme of the flat façade supporting a repeated distribution of holes. The following points are introduced as novelties, largely thanks to the possibilities offered by the excess measurements of the plots: the movement of the linear blocks close to the central square thus contributing to a greater characterisation of the space public. The cutting and retraction of a segment of the linear block close to the exterior streets singling out the main access. As a result of the two previous decisions, a central courtyard with a variable floor plan is obtained with a particular spatial interest and with measures that become considerable. The treatment with inclined planes of the extreme ends of the blocks to singularise and formally treat the ends of the buildings. The existence of double-height porches to signal the entrances to the buildings from the street and the square. The exhaustive repetition of a single type of window that comes to be located at the ends coinciding with the edges of the building, thus underlining the character of a continuous fabric with the façades. Introduction of an upper cornice that ends the section.