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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
It is a real estate transaction destined to compensate for the use of the block of flats as a car warehouse. The project proposes a block of 12 modules following a T shape that prevent the incorporation of interior courtyards and that assign a clear orientation towards Sarrià Avenue to the complex. The great length of this façade is regulated by the inclusion of vertical lattice that shades the low lighting, and an alternation in the arrangement of the terraces that increase its dynamism. The whole block is conceived as a rigorous application of the logical principles of concrete structures.
Isolated block of flats located on one side of a triangular block, where a gas station is found at the bottom, and the workshops and warehouses of the car sales company Seida in the rest. The apartment building is over a hundred metres long and has six stairwells that provide access to two apartments per landing each. The block has two very different façades, depending on their location. The façade that faces the street is dominated by large, glazed surfaces and terraces, which occupy the entire façade. The terraces’ thickness forms a brise-soleil, which is interrupted alternately by pergolas in chessboard order. The rear façade is lined with exterior patios that increase the ventilation area and avoid small interior ones. This solution has quite an impact on the floor plan, which is also organised in a chessboard order, with one bedroom in front and the others behind. The building’s structure is configured by pillars and reinforced concrete beams, with a double-height porch that elevates the building on stilts. The porch’s pillars have a variable section that goes from the circle to the rectangle, just like Le Corbusier’s Unités d’Habitation. The double ground floor is occupied by commercial premises.