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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque
Directors arquitecturacatalana.cat

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Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2022 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio
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In the early 1960s, the area where the building was located was in the process of being developed. The block chooses to line up at the back street and separate from the Ronda del General Mitre. It consists of seven detached apartments, with a total of 298 dwellings. Except for the apartments located on the front, the rest of them have 46 square meters, and they are all available for rental. The standard apartment is designed for a family of up to three young children. The concept of the block is inherited from some proposals of the modern movement, although here they are made through private promotion.

Author: Maurici Pla

Source: Catalunya : guia d'arquitectura moderna, 1880-2007

This building has the appearance of a unitary block, but it is really made up of six buildings between partitions that belong to different owners. The last building assumes the condition of front, and it is where Barba Corsini had her office. The apartments are available for rental and face a single façade, with a ventilation system through central courtyards that converts the building into two blocks joined by vertical communication nuclei. The apartments are very small, with thirty and forty-five square meters, but they are resolved with great skill and efficiency: the bathroom has a double access that allows double circulation; a sliding wall has been arranged in the bedroom and it allows it to be integrated into the living area; passage areas include storage lofts, etc. The north façade is fully glazed, while the south façade has balconies and protective sunshades. From the outside, it seems that all the windows go from the floor up to the ceiling, but what happens is that the windowsills are covered with opaque glass in shades of blue. This element makes it possible to increase thermal insulation without having to give up the glass façade’s technological image. The interior spaces, the community spaces and the façades are conceived with a neoplastic language. The ground floors are commercial, so that the building functions as a neighbourhood; Barba Corsini even went to great lengths to have a pharmacy.

Author: Xavier Llobet i Ribeiro

Source: DOCOMOMO Ibérico

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  1. Mitre Building

    Francisco Juan Barba Corsini

    Mitre Building

    In the early 1960s, the area where the building was located was in the process of being developed. The block chooses to line up at the back street and separate from the Ronda del General Mitre. It consists of seven detached apartments, with a total of 298 dwellings. Except for the apartments located on the front, the rest of them have 46 square meters, and they are all available for rental. The standard apartment is designed for a family of up to three young children. The concept of the block is inherited from some proposals of the modern movement, although here they are made through private promotion.
  2. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Mitre Building

    Francisco Juan Barba Corsini