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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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Lined up on the south façade we find the seminars and teachers' offices. The main entrance is in the centre of this façade and in a small, attached volume. On the north face, the laboratories and practical classrooms - extensions of the linear block on the south face – are organised in four volumes that are staggered in plan. Through the west façade you enter the bar and the warehouse; on the east side, and through a courtyard with a ramp, to the car park, the library, the warehouses and the facilities.
The building is organised in a linear fashion and parallel to the southern limit of the block, on the ground floor, three upper floors and basements.
The first and second floor are intended for departmental units, so that two units are planned per floor with two classrooms for common use in the centre of it. The internal organisation of these floors places the offices and seminars of professors in the south wing and, on the north side, through systematically recessed volumes until reaching the central corridor, the laboratories and the practical classrooms.
The ground floor, with the same perimeter as the upper floors, is used for the secretariat, administration and management, bar, library, health services and part of the radiology department.
Attached to the north façade, there is a longitudinal body that contains the theory and practical classrooms of the first cycle and the rest of the library.
The basement is used for parking, library, warehouses and facilities.
Three vertical communication hubs, each composed of stairs and an elevator, have been planned, located in the south wing, so that the two ends are primarily for interdepartmental communication and the central one will be used as general access to the various floors by the students and professors of the faculty.
The main access from the outside is through the centre of the south façade, through a volume attached to the same in which services related to the lobby are located.
Linked to the first cycle classrooms and the main access, another access is projected which is, at the same time, an exit to the garden area, in the centre of the north façade.
The east façade is accessed via a ramp and through a courtyard to the basement of the building, and the west façade through a service entrance to the bar warehouse.