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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
The project addresses the location of a large university faculty within the framework of the urban planning created by Diagonal Avenue and the emergence of the architectural modernity of those years. The program is distributed according to the structural easements. The large classrooms and the function hall are located on the ground floor, in order to avoid vertical mechanical movements. These spaces receive light zenithally through spherical skylights. The smallest and most scattered rooms are housed in a longitudinal block of five floors, with a regular and modulated structure: 12 metres of light from façade to façade, and modules of 3 metres in transverse direction, which generate a repeated window in both ends. The large surface taken up by the ground floor is attenuated by light courtyards located between the classrooms and the corridors, which organise all the circulations through an annular configuration.
This project was the winner of a draft competition and had to adapt to a change of location. It is an urban planning for the new university campus in Barcelona, where large open spaces prevail and is indebted to the CIAM. The building responds to an aesthetic typical of the International Style, somewhat brutalist in the way the structure and materials are expressed.
The project is clearly developed in two parts: a five-storey longitudinal block, which allows taking advantage of the best possible orientation, and a one- and two-storey plinth that contains the premises that need a different structure, such as the large classrooms and the function hall. This arrangement also makes it possible to simplify the mechanical vertical displacements.
The reinforced concrete structure of the block consists of 12 m spans between supports on the façades and a 3 m module along each facade, which facilitates the distribution of premises that would not adapt to a denser structure. The result is a block with many windows and very transparent. Instead, the base structure is opaquer and adapts to each case.