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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
Arrangement of the ensemble.
The building negotiates its orientation with the urban plot, adapting to the reality of the existing urban environment. The ground and basement floors are located within the boundaries of the lot; the upper floors, on the other hand, are moved and aligned with De l'Om Street. This displacement frees up the space of the square located to the south and generates a wider space.
Although the building divides the void of the urban plot in two, the treatment of the spaces is the same, and the ground floor is understood as an element of continuity of the outdoor space. The transparency that occurs in the access with a view of the square is essential.
The characteristic use of the building is administrative on the floors above ground, while the basement floors are used for parking and service spaces.
It is a building organised in three volumes, the rotation of which is suggested by the geometry of the building plot.
The volume of the ground floor adopts the geometry of the plot. This floor establishes a relationship of continuity with the public space in which it is located.
The volume of the first to fourth floors recovers the direction of De l’Om Street, and creates, with the overhang originated by this turn, a large porch that frames and protects the entrance to the building.
The third volume of the fifth and sixth floors is oriented according to an intermediate turn between the two previous volumes. The fact that this third volume is smaller than the lower one generates a terrace, accessible to the users of the building from the fifth floor.
The need for natural light determined by the administrative use of the building is solved with large windows on the façade that are protected from the incidence of direct solar radiation through a continuous envelope of aluminum slats. These slats give identity to the building’s façades: they are arranged in a horizontal position along the main façades of the building (longitudinal façades) and in a vertical position on the ends.
The use of a porticoed structure with pillars on the façade allows for diaphanous plants that are organised from two vertical cores, leaving the rest of the surface free. Compartmentalisation is done through light partition elements. In this way, the building allows a versatility of occupation over time.