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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
For the first time in Barcelona, two usually separate programs are combined in the same building: sheltered rental housing with temporary accommodation equipment for the inclusion of the most vulnerable groups. The design of the set responds to three basic criteria:
1. Urban responsibility: we generate a public space and equip the ground floor with collective services. We organise the program in three vertical blocks, generating a public space as mentioned but with an interior street that separates and at the same time connects the accommodation with the homes and organises the accesses and communications allowing good cross ventilation throughout the whole.
2. Social responsibility: we understand the inclusion and accessibility of marginalised people in the broadest sense from the program. We match or compensate the conditions of the different parts of the program and dignify the accommodations without increasing the cost. It will be possible to reuse the building of temporary accommodation with another use and we obtain a balance between the parts of the program, because all the houses have the same qualities, there are no differences in orientation or sunshine.
3. Energy responsibility: we respond to the site and the program with a passive environmental attitude that reduces energy demand: good ventilation and good solar capture, saving energy. We get 100% of homes with sunlight. This makes it possible to activate the passive solar energy harvesting device of winter gardens, which cover 23% of the heating demand in winter. In summer, nighttime cross-ventilation of the conservatory and its daytime solar protection with shutters covers 43% of the cooling demand. This is complemented by high-efficiency systems such as aerothermia and a heat recovery system for double-flow ventilation, thus achieving an A energy certification for the finished building.