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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
This building is an integral part of a special urban volumetric plan defined by three new emblematic buildings for the city: the ME Hotel and the Hines D123 office building, carried out by Dominique Perrault and AIA, and two residential buildings, one of them being an 80-metre-high tower, located at the intersection of Diagonal Avenue and Pere IV Street, made by AIA for Castro Construcciones.
The project consists of the construction of a building the uniqueness of which lies in its height and shape. A massive volume of rectangular proportions, which is divided in half and cantilevered eight metres above the street, creating a terrace on the opposite side, energising the form of pure lines through the balance of the building.
The façade envelops the building with a layer of bright lines, which is closed on the sides through black glass, and is revealed on the main faces through horizontal mirror stripes, playing with the viewing areas and the interior reflections and exteriors. This composition is designed in a proportion of opaque and transparent spaces that allow a diaphanous sensation in the interior, with a good control of solar radiation from the exterior.
With a height of 51 metres and a total constructed area of 19,600 m2, the ground floor of the building is occupied by two commercial premises connected to the basement, and by the access and hall of the vertical communications core. The twelve floors are entirely intended to work as offices.
Diaphanous floors of 800.00 m2, with spans of 14 metres, give the building optimal functional flexibility and multiple distribution possibilities. This has been made possible using a post-tensioned concrete floor system that has allowed the creation of completely open and spacious areas.
The basic operation is that of two central cores of vertical communication, which contains four elevators and two stairs. On each side of the stairs are the spaces, where all the specific plant facilities are located, together with the risers and air extraction ducts, as well as the sanitary services of each floor. The air conditioning system chosen is VRV with recovery to be able to pass cold or heat from the spaces on the east façade to the west without energy costs.
Below ground level, there are 8,800 m2 occupied by a car park that is developed by a system of half floors, on four levels, and has a capacity for 248 vehicles.