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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
Around the 60s, in the midst of the Barcelona School and revisionist Italian architecture with the so-called modern movement, Francesc Mitjans was considered a 'good commercial architect'. Over time, its architecture was perceived as more refined, based on a careful knowledge of Orthodox modernity and Nordic organicism, among others.
Mitjans creates an architecture for a new wealthy class, which transcends the fashions and trends of the time, and which is based on a new building model widely spread in the upper areas of Barcelona, giving a very remarkable urban coherence. In this architecture, the façades are exemplary and represent a reflection of very well organised and composed plants with special attention to the design of their details, of high construction quality.
The Vidal Folch Office Building, with a façade on Via Augusta and Madrazo and Saragossa Streets in Barcelona, subscribes to this way of doing good construction based on a rational design of the façades and which helps the building preserved in perfect condition, without having undergone singular rehabilitations.
Its façades, as well as the overall volume, show, in my opinion, a direct influence of Alvar Aalto's office and residential buildings in Helsinki: the precise treatment of the openings, traced by wooden frames and balustrades; the horizontal stripes of marble; the upper end with a pergola that acts as a filter with the sky...
It is a building that only needs care with its maintenance, with nothing more than its epidermal timelessness and interior versatility.