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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 joint project of the Europa-Fira, Parc Logístic and Mercabarna stations on Line 9 aims at a proposal that, with a minimum of resources, makes the most out of the conditions that are typical of an underground construction.
We want a more geological space than a built one, following the classic logic that the "place", in the deepest sense of the term, is fundamental in the resolution of any architectural program. Therefore, it is proposed to use as few materials as possible, preferably taking advantage of those already present in the civil-structural work, such as screen walls, construction struts, prefabricated slabs, etc.
The materials involved in the work are: the exposed concrete slabs, the apparent installations, the large frames of acoustic material attached to the slabs, the screen walls, the sheet metal coatings, the porcelain floors, industrial-artistic lighting that takes different forms: linear, punctual ..., metal railings and glass lifts, prefabricated benches, TMB's own furniture: ticket machines, tariff barriers, signposts.
Another topic of the project revolves around the requirement to close the doors of the platforms with doors. This fact is integrated as a positive element for the overall composition of the proposal. The closure is complete and the project also becomes an exercise in façades, whole facades that seek an absolute mastery of the sections. In short, a space control strategy: accesses, lobbies, platforms and subway enclosures. The convoy arrives through an interior that is connected to the platforms of the public at the precise moment of being parked.
Care has been taken to ensure that natural light enters the stations as far as possible.
The set aspires to be timeless, not subject to fashionable figures and materials, of good aging and easy maintenance, which maintains a certain aspect of great space-emptiness even if there are many users.