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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
Set of five isolated blocks of social housing that occupies an entire block of the Milans del Bosch industrial estate. Four of the five blocks are five storeys high and the fifth one, ten. The structure of all of them is load-bearing walls perpendicular to the façades. The houses are all the same. One of the main concerns of the architects was in the distribution of the blocks in the block, which was modified until the last moment. In the end, it was decided to place them in such a way that they formed a large square of 85 x 40 metres. They landscaped this square with many trees and urbanised it with regionalist elements. There are no services or commercial premises because the master plan groups them in a shopping centre that supplies the entire estate. The five-storey blocks have several stair cores, with two apartments per landing, the façades are made of exposed brick, the roof is covered with Arabic tile, and the bands and jambs are exposed reinforced concrete. The ten-storey block has a single core of stairs with elevators that leads to exterior corridors that are located 50 cm below the level of the dwellings to preserve the privacy of the tenants. These corridors are located on the north façade and are visually protected by a concrete lattice. The other façades of this block are covered in white ceramic, leaving the bands and blind boxes visible.