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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
Building between partitions of 11.60 m width that completely exhausts the buildable depth to the interior of the block. The program is developed on three levels intended for architectural office, four levels intended for residence, with two homes per landing, and three basement levels for vehicle parking, organised in half floors.
The structure of the façade is made up of vertical elements with 50 percent full-empty, as is mandatory in the Eixample Cerdà. The four materials used are traditional: stone, iron on the balconies, wooden gates and glass.
The façade is organised with four skins, like an onion, which are 40 cm thick: a modulated interior glass curtain wall of 0.90 and 2.80 m at full height, with nyangon wooden slat porticoes that they move on guides, a rail run with thin steel plates, and frames that support Indian silver quartzite stones placed in horizontal slats of 90 by 30 cm with 4 cm openings that match the empty parts of the porticos.
In order not to offer protruding bodies to the street, the façade is structured in a single plane. The possibility of combining fixed pieces with mobile ones produces a certain dynamism that allows to play with the light openings inside and sift the view and the noise of the street.
It is a building between partition walls where the program is developed on three levels intended for an architecture office, four levels intended for residence, with two dwellings per landing, and three basement levels for car parks organised in half floors.
The façade is structured with vertical elements and distributed in fifty percent full and empty spaces, as can be seen in the Cerdà area. The four materials used are traditional: stone, iron on the balconies, wooden slats and glass.
The façade is therefore organised into four skins and is structured in a single plan so as not to offer protruding bodies to the street, producing a certain dynamism when combining fixed and mobile parts. In the interior, light openings filter out the view and the noise of the street.
The large windows on the ground floor open onto the street, giving an urban vision of transparency towards the interior.