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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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
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Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2022 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:

2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

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Nubilum Edittio
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The construction of the church of Montbau does not escape the influence of the European architecture of the time. Not only because the first idea was to propose the architect Le Corbusier for the design - his advanced age was a definitive factor in refusing the commission -, but also because of the construction system chosen by the winning team, formed by the architects Vayreda and Montguió in 1963. The different volumes that make up the program are linked by an outer canopy that unifies the whole and gives a human scale to the accesses, to discover, once inside, a much more important volume. The structure of this interior is solved with a plot of metal pillars with a roof with lowered vaults of reinforced concrete. A technological innovation of the traditional Catalan vault and which had also been the object of study and of subsequent use in some works by Le Corbusier himself, such as the Maisons Jaoul.

Author: Janice Moret

The Church of Sant Jeroni belongs to the Montbau neighbourhood, a project from 1957 that is part of a new stage of urban action carried out by the Municipal Housing Board, in which a proposal is made in order to create complete urban centres perfectly differentiated from the rest of the urban fabric. One of the differentiating elements with respect to previous public actions consists in the provision of social facilities, one of which would be the church of Sant Jeroni. In 1963, after Le Corbusier rejected the commission due to his advanced age, a competition was held to build this church, which was won by the architects Vayreda and Montguió. The project consists of two separate volumes: the parish and the church. The highlight of the project is the zigzag-shaped exterior canopy that links both buildings, delimiting the green areas and ending up delimiting an exterior cloister of great architectural beauty. Constructively, it is conceived as a reinforced concrete slab supported by a series of steel uprights painted black, with a very light and slender image. The two buildings are resolved with Corbusian abstract forms.

Author: Xavier Llobet i Ribeiro

Source: DOCOMOMO Ibérico

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  1. Montbau Industrial Estate

    Giráldez - López Iñigo - Subías Arquitectes, Guillermo Giráldez Dávila, Pedro López Iñigo, Xavier Subías i Fages

    Montbau Industrial Estate

    The Montbau district, located below the Tibidabo, next to Passeig de la Vall d'Hebron, has a total area of approximately 31 Ha. The part built today, or in a very advanced stage of construction, consists of two basic residential units. The garden and the neighbourhood park are also practically finished. A group of about 70 single-family homes in the upper part of the slope is currently under construction, a group that we will not include in the present analysis because it is in a very little advanced phase and, therefore, without specific data. The architect of this group is Joan Bosch. Who are the authors of Montbau? Here is a first concrete problem that can lead us to general considerations. Due to programming requirements, the Municipal Housing Board decided to commission the architects Guillermo Giráldez, Pedro López and Xavier Subías with the urgency of a very few weeks as a matter of urgency. By what criteria were these architects chosen? Probably for simple reasons of proximity, administrative relationship, circumstantial insufficiency of the technical staff itself, etc. But was there a concern to choose a good team precisely for one of the largest projects that were then being developed? At least, or was there an awareness that, by chance and for reasons of bureaucratic convenience, he had fallen into the hands of a good team, then with a promising youthful push? * The original Partial Plan was altered, both in its first phase, slightly, and in the second one, with a change of drafting team and urban planning that substantially modified it.
  2. Montbau Estate: Second Unit

    Manuel Baldrich Tibau, Antoni Bonet Castellana, Pedro López Iñigo, Josep Maria Soteras i Mauri

    Montbau Estate: Second Unit

    When the decision to build the second sector was made in 1961, the Board of Trustees commissioned the architects Manuel Baldrich, Antoni Bonet, Pedro López Iñigo and Josep Soteras to drat the corresponding architectural project. What were the reasons for choosing this heterogeneous team, made up of two municipal architects, a provincial architect and an independent architect, who had just arrived from Argentina with an obvious professional prestige? This team, despite the presence of municipal architects, one of them co-author of the first Plan, decided that it could not be limited to design the buildings, but it was also necessary to completely redo the urban structure of that sector. A new Plan was therefore drawn up, which was approved on July 2, 1962. With this new Plan it seems that exactly the double number of dwellings that had been initially planned in that sector were built.
  3. Parish Church of Sant Jeroni de Montbau

    Pau Monguió i Abella, Francesc Vayreda i Bofill

    Parish Church of Sant Jeroni de Montbau

    The construction of the church of Montbau does not escape the influence of the European architecture of the time. Not only because the first idea was to propose the architect Le Corbusier for the design - his advanced age was a definitive factor in refusing the commission -, but also because of the construction system chosen by the winning team, formed by the architects Vayreda and Montguió in 1963. The different volumes that make up the program are linked by an outer canopy that unifies the whole and gives a human scale to the accesses, to discover, once inside, a much more important volume. The structure of this interior is solved with a plot of metal pillars with a roof with lowered vaults of reinforced concrete. A technological innovation of the traditional Catalan vault and which had also been the object of study and of subsequent use in some works by Le Corbusier himself, such as the Maisons Jaoul.

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  • Parish Church of Sant Jeroni de Montbau

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    Parish Church of Sant Jeroni de Montbau

  • Parish Church of Sant Jeroni de Montbau

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    Parish Church of Sant Jeroni de Montbau

  • Parish Church of Sant Jeroni de Montbau

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    Parish Church of Sant Jeroni de Montbau

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Set Polígon Montbau | Polígon Montbau: Unitat Nord-Est