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.
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After twelve years of searching for a plot of land, the Evangelical Church of Terrassa, an institution almost a century old in the city, finds its place in the Can Tusell neighbourhood facing Avinguda Béjar, one of the main streets of access to the city and communication with the industrial area.
The building, which occupies a third of the plot and is located in its lowest part with access from Avinguda Béjar, combines specifically religious uses (it holds worship every Sunday morning) with social uses resulting from an agreement with the City Council.
The complex manifests itself as a large monolithic base that gradually decreases in height due to the slope of the land formed by steel plates in the form of cladding and fence on which two bodies are suspended. In a central and larger position, a modulated cube with edges rises, covered with a new material of recycled aluminum, pressed and injected and which, thanks to its brightness, gives an emblematic character to the piece that houses its interior - the room for worship. The other body of lower height and close to Carrer Tramuntana is suspended and stands out. In this case, the edges frame corrugated and perforated aluminum planes that act as a lattice like a second skin for the nursery programme. While the façade on Avinguda Béjar presents itself as a tense, rigorous and continuous plan that hides its access, the two side façades show its friendlier side where the vegetation masks a fence that acts as a second façade. This makes the plane of the glass retract with respect to the limit of the plot and all the perimeter spaces enjoy light and ventilation, as well as privacy and security.
Since the nursery is accessed via a higher and separate level, the functional programme, both religious and social, takes place all on the ground floor with the exception of a loft suspended over the double space of the worship hall. A reception area allows passage and distributes the administration area on one side and, on the other, a corridor facilitates access to twelve classrooms and the worship room at the front, the central piece that organises the entire programme of needs around it. The worship room is oriented perpendicular to the axis of access so that thanks to a system of movable partitions they establish a direct relationship with the adjacent spaces which in turn are related to the outside through a courtyard.
While the compositional criteria of the interior respond to functional criteria, the exteriors respond to the situation, the orientation and, above all, to the desire to be a discreet and contained building from a short distance but at the same time a reference piece of evangelical worship from the farthest distance.