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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
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Given the dimensions of the plot and having to place the dependencies destined to experimental fields in it, with an approximate surface of 1 ha., the organization in concentrated plant and consequent development of the program in height was adopted from the beginning.
Because the building was thought of in terms of height, it was considered essential that the relationship between the different floors was not made by simple elements of vertical circulation and consequent distribution steps that would lead to the total independence of the departments.
For this reason, two complementary concepts were adopted in the organisation of interior spaces and interrelationships between departments:
1. The vertical circulations are developed around a large courtyard covered by a zenithal lighting element that allows to integrate the different floors with the ground floor where the accesses and general dependencies of common use are located.
2. The departments are related to each other through galleries that surround and configure the said courtyard and where the stairs that save half-height slopes are located, with which the maximum relationship between the departments is achieved, as well as their differentiation by placing each at a different level.
In order to record the programs of the different departments of analogous surfaces, prismatic volumes are configured with the necessary setbacks to obtain a maximum of natural lighting.
As complementary elements to these volumes and linked to them, staggered cylindrical bodies that house the classrooms are arranged.
The formal justification of these cylindrical bodies is determined by the very intrinsic function of the classrooms. The amphitheatre in a quarter-circle solution has been adopted as the standard floor plan for the classrooms and function room, which brings together the advantages of making the most out of the surface and bringing the students closer to the teacher or lecturer.
Joan Antoni Ballesteros i Figueras, Joan Carles Cardenal i González, Francisco de la Guardia Conte