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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Northern Station is located on the grounds of Fort Pius, a military installation whose purpose was to prevent the siege of the Ciutadella, located a few hundred metres to the south.
It began as an uncovered train station that was successively expanded and reformed over time until, in the first decade of the 20th century, Demetri Ribes (also author of the North Station of Valencia) organised the cover and the main and representative façades towards Nàpols and Vilanova Streets. This structure is preserved, perfectly restored, and is of high architectural interest, with a style of pavilions surrounding the main deck, well ornamented and tense. It is remarkable to see how the original level of the station has left it below the surrounding streets. The station was abandoned when it ceased to be useful and remained so until the mid-1980s, when, taking advantage of the Olympic Games, it was restored by order of Barcelona City Council.
The restoration falls to the architects Tous and Fargas, who define a multifunctional complex that creates a park to the south of the station, in the track area (built by Arriola & Fiol) and leaves the interior converted into a sports complex, originally used for the table tennis events of the Olympic Games. The current use perfectly respects the original space and highlights its beauty.
In the northern part of the building, turning the long northern façade almost into a partition, there is the bus station terminal, with a system of translucent pergolas parallel to the old station.
The spaces therefore continue to retain their civic character. All of them can be visited and it is worth checking how a historic building designed for a very specific program can serve another radically different one with the same success, maintaining the validity of the building and the arrangement proposed by an equipment of this scale.