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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
A layout determines the location of the two schools, and perpendicular to this layout different linear pavilions appear that generate a diversity of outdoor spaces. The conviction that public facilities buildings can and must act as structuring elements of the territory is a basic starting point of this project. The suburban situation of the land and the personal vision of the city lead to propose a building model of an urbanised and colonised estate in the image of the extensive urban territorial settlements of the late 19th century.
The option of this type of building in the form of a "tapestry" makes it possible to find a flexible and domestic school building. We say flexible because mesh circulations, due to their neutrality, enable many types of pedagogical operation; and domestic because the dimensions and specific character of the different interior-exterior spaces lead to the individualisation of each one of them.
The tapestry building in the form of a comb, with a single floor, adheres and closes towards the external road and opens neatly towards the interior of the plot with small semi-basements. At the end of the building there are the common spaces and perpendicular to these spaces, the janitors' homes and the classroom pavilions are emerging, along with the outdoor spaces: promenades, gardens/classrooms, squares, ponds, gardens, and patios.
Both the supporting structure of the ceramic walls and the resulting spaces are the result of a strict reflection on the construction process, as are the materials used and their finishes.