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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque
Directors arquitecturacatalana.cat

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Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2022 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio
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The building is located on a very difficult site in the heart of the Raval district. It respects the alignments on Sant Pau and Espalter Streets and opens onto a newly created adjacent square. Its program consists of the Filmoteca de Catalunya’s buildings, which require a considerable public area and a more private one that houses offices, an image bank and a library. The public parts are in contact with the ground. The two cinemas where the films are shown are underground, under the square, to avoid large vertical displacements of the public. The most private program takes up the upper floors of the building. The structure is the most special feature of the intervention: two screens of post-tensioned concrete configure the long façades of the building and are more than visible. The horizontal structure goes from façade to façade without intermediate supports. The screens leave two large, cantilevered bodies at each end of the building that cover public spaces without any kind of support, well tensioned and very attractive. An interior atrium connects the public and private parts of the program and crosses the entire heart of the building from top to bottom. The interior design contrasts, due to the delicacy it presents, with the structure in a very strong way. It is based on interior glass partitions, light and transparent, dyed in soft colors, which introduce a subtle note in powerful, balanced, diaphanous and spacious spaces. The structure is also visible inside and introduces a mass of material that will patina and age differently in the partitions. The pavement of the public spaces on the ground floor is remarkable, made of small cobblestones arranged in a herringbone pattern, following the Portuguese style. The public areas will be visitable on screening days. The building is called to be one of the backbone spaces of the neighbourhood given that, due to the uniqueness of the films exhibited there, it mixes the local public with that of the rest of Barcelona and its metropolitan area.

Author: Jaume Prat Ortells

Source: APP BCN Arquitectura

Filmoteca de Catalunya About the Form... The ruins show the structure of the buildings. The Roman Forum visualises the foundation plan and city sewers. In the old city, my building aims to express itself as a pure structure, without cladding or finishes. The exposed concrete beam walls that make up the façades, which are very different, belong to the scrapped neighbouring walls, which show through their eaves their original central mass. Filters are juxtaposed on the wall. It is a cinematic metaphor but not only conceptual; above all, it is physical, sensitive. In the old city, with very close relationships between buildings, the interaction must be mediated, filtered. And this occurs through various artifacts, with a vague cinematic reference. About the space... The space is structured around two movements: a) The descent into the darkness of the cinemas, with the reflection of the spectators (in turn reflected, actors through of a set of mirrors). b) The ascent towards the light, towards the workplaces. Two courtyards connected but not continuous accompany and build the movement.

Author: Josep Llinàs Carmona

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  1. Filmoteca de Catalunya

    Josep Lluís Mateo i Martínez

    Filmoteca de Catalunya

    The building is located on a very difficult site in the heart of the Raval district. It respects the alignments on Sant Pau and Espalter Streets and opens onto a newly created adjacent square. Its program consists of the Filmoteca de Catalunya’s buildings, which require a considerable public area and a more private one that houses offices, an image bank and a library. The public parts are in contact with the ground. The two cinemas where the films are shown are underground, under the square, to avoid large vertical displacements of the public. The most private program takes up the upper floors of the building. The structure is the most special feature of the intervention: two screens of post-tensioned concrete configure the long façades of the building and are more than visible. The horizontal structure goes from façade to façade without intermediate supports. The screens leave two large, cantilevered bodies at each end of the building that cover public spaces without any kind of support, well tensioned and very attractive. An interior atrium connects the public and private parts of the program and crosses the entire heart of the building from top to bottom. The interior design contrasts, due to the delicacy it presents, with the structure in a very strong way. It is based on interior glass partitions, light and transparent, dyed in soft colors, which introduce a subtle note in powerful, balanced, diaphanous and spacious spaces. The structure is also visible inside and introduces a mass of material that will patina and age differently in the partitions. The pavement of the public spaces on the ground floor is remarkable, made of small cobblestones arranged in a herringbone pattern, following the Portuguese style. The public areas will be visitable on screening days. The building is called to be one of the backbone spaces of the neighbourhood given that, due to the uniqueness of the films exhibited there, it mixes the local public with that of the rest of Barcelona and its metropolitan area.
  2. EU Mies Award

    Nominated
    Filmoteca de Catalunya

    Josep Lluís Mateo i Martínez