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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 project arises from the decision to locate the ARRUGA film studios in an industrial estate on the outskirts of Barcelona considering the production of films and commercials as an industrial activity.
Thus, a building destined to house a creative activity was confined to coexist in a grey world, without language, like factories and warehouses with the typical hourly activities of industrial estates.
Faced with the impossibility of generating a language with its "neighbours", the building becomes an image and reflection of its own essence, showing itself in the only possible way: a building for making films.
When it gets dark, the main façade becomes a piece of celluloid, becoming the very activity of the building such as production, post-production, realisation, etc. The rest of the programme is hidden behind the blind box; casting, costumes, props, assembly warehouses, workshops, dressing rooms and services. Finally, the large space intended for the cinematographic set is presented to us in its most neutral form.
The construction (materials, structure and installations) of this space is put at the service of the main activity, reinforcing the neutrality of the project.
The building is constructed with the technique and prices of an industrial building; an exposed steel structure with fire protection, forged ribbed iron decks, concrete block walls, polished concrete floors, exposed installations and a façade of cement-wood counters. The project incorporates as an external element a linear plantation of Populus tremula a short distance from the main façade.
This plant formation reveals to us a new negative interstitial space of the interior. This space relates the internal activity to the external space at the same time as it uses their changing condition. In the summer, a thick green mattress will protect it from the sun, in the autumn it changes colour and clears the leaves, in the winter it becomes a reflection on the large, glazed window, and in the spring it will show the different shades of green.
Between this screen of trees and the street of the polygon, an open space is designed for the arrival and circulation of vehicles.
Finally, in an industrial estate, a grey box raises a question of architecture; the tension between the envelope and the internal space articulated by the light.