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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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We recover a typology which is not very usual in the Eixample, Antonio Bonet's "Mediterraneo" block, a hybrid that did not seek so much to break with Cerdà's rules, but to explore the true potential of those ordinances that were never approved, which allowed accidents to be approved as a regular and not exceptional component of the Eixample.
The project widens the sidewalks, moving the pedestrian away from the road traffic to the point of visually and physically connecting Londres Street with a park inside the block, and recovers an idea of a permeable block that is in the origin of the Eixample. Londres Streets extends the 20 metres with a succession of parallel spaces. We divide the building into narrow, parallel and staggered volumes from north to south, allowing the sun to reach both the homes and the children's classrooms, avoiding the compactness and ventilation courtyards typical of the Eixample, and we achieve that two different programs (school and housing) coexist and dialogue. A passage that decongests the sidewalks of parents and students appears between these two programs. There is an alternation of full and empty spaces, of light and building, creating visual relationships and transversal connections between the street and the interior of the block.
Therefore, the project proposes to requalify the accesses, circulations and open spaces, both in the school and in the homes: the roofs are playgrounds, the walkways are places of relationship and exchange.
The housing block is organised in a corridor of 7.5 metres deep, obtaining 45 pass-through homes of 45 m2 with natural cross ventilation and sun throughout the home thanks to the shallow depth in which they are developed.
Coll-Leclerc Arquitectos, Jaime Coll López, Judith Leclerc