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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
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The building consists of two well-separated bodies, located at two different heights from a sloping plot of land. The lower body houses early childhood and primary education and has three floors, so the kindergarten classrooms are located on the ground floor and have direct access to the playground. The upper body, two storeys higher than the lower body, houses secondary education. The classrooms occupy the sunny façades (south-east and south-west), while on the north-east and north-west façades the access and connection stairs of all the floors are located, in glazed and differentiated volumes of the main body of the building. The set is articulated by means of bleachers that are used for outdoor activities throughout the school. The general approach is guided by the economy and rationality of the structural solution and by a very careful attention to the conditions of teaching and the interrelationships between the different parts of the program.
Construction of a new school for 1400 kindergarten, primary and secondary and high school students. The shape of the two buildings - one for kindergarten and primary education and one for secondary and high school education - was determined before the detailed study of the distribution of spaces, treating them as "containers" in which the lack of spatial qualification gave a lot of freedom to pedagogy, as its methods change more rapidly than the physical consistency of the building. The two blocks were placed taking into account the special topographic conditions of the terrain, and between them, there is an amphitheatre that serves as a union and binder of the collective life of the school.