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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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About us

Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 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:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

In Pictures

  • Església del Noviciat de la Companyia de Jesús

  • Església del Noviciat de la Companyia de Jesús

  • Església del Noviciat de la Companyia de Jesús

  • Església del Noviciat de la Companyia de Jesús

  • Església del Noviciat de la Companyia de Jesús

Memory

Al proyectar la iglesia, el colegio noviciado ya estaba construido y el emplazamiento dentro del conjunto determinado. El problema de los accesos era importante, ya que debían poder acudir a la iglesia con suficiente independencia tres grupos de personas distintos, además de los visitantes seglares que vinieran de fuera. El programa señalaba también el invierno duro de la región y el molesto y frecuente viento de poniente como datos importantes a tener en cuenta. La planta de la iglesia viene definida por la contraposición de un muro ciego y curvilíneo que cierra el espacio por detrás del altar, con otro que tiene una forma quebrada y contiene todas las ventanas. La luz que entra desde lo alto tiene un gradiente que va del azul al dorado y de menos a más en dirección al presbiterio. El aspecto exterior del templo se ha tratado con gran sobriedad, en correspondencia con los volúmenes existentes del noviciado. La estructura es de muros de carga de ladrillo visto con relieves y esculturas de gran interés, mientras que los demás elementos resistentes son de hormigón armado y acero laminado. La geometría asimétrica de la planta permite que las condiciones acústicas sean óptimas.

Author: Xavier Llobet i Ribeiro

Source: DOCOMOMO Ibérico

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