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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Olympic Baseball Stadium was part of the construction for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, so it had to transcend the local character, and at the same time become a work to promote an urban renewal of Barcelona.
The project faced the location of the building in a complex context due to urban conditions and the nature of the assignment: it had been located in an open field next to L'Hospitalet, surrounded by large blocks of social housing, a nursing home and the Ciutat Sanitària de Bellvitge. It was a peripheral vague terrain that posed few conditions to establish a dialogue between the stadium and the existing buildings, and it had to be the international stage for the celebration of the first meeting of baseball as an Olympic sport.
The design was based on the development of the building as a form capable of restructuring the site while creating the specific conditions to accommodate 8,000 spectators, starting from the traditional floor plan of a minor league baseball stadium. The apex of the V-shaped field is in direct alignment with the corner and the main entrance to the building, while on the margins of both arms the tribunes that make up the external façade rise.
A fundamental factor of the project was that the architectural language did not mask the technological aspect, that the expressive capabilities of the material were revealed in all their dimensions, consequently refusing to resort to any superfluous ostentation. Thus, it was decided to use prefabricated concrete and a metal cover for the stands.
The order also involved the development of the so-called 'Olympic Island', which was to include a series of facilities such as football and rugby pitches, a sports complex, a swimming pool and a hotel. Except for the last two, all these spaces were built to consolidate the place as a sports centre open to residents.