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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
The building consists of six homes per floor, three of which face París Street and the other three face the inner courtyard of the block of houses. The houses on the top floor are duplexes, with external staircases of communication between both levels, as well as the interior. The supporting structure contemplates the fact that there is a cinema on the ground floor, and it is solved by means of metal base with a minimum section, which are unloaded at the bottom. The housing distribution reflects the contradictions between the GATCPAC’s housing aspirations and the permissiveness of municipal ordinances with respect to land use.
This building between party walls has six apartments per landing and a cinema on the ground floor. Three of the houses have views of the street and the other three of the interior courtyard of the block. The structure is metallic, which makes it possible to reduce the cross-section of the pillars and girders to a minimum and, in addition, to obtain an entrance of almost 21 metres wide for the cinema lobby facing the street. The lobby and bar of the cinema are resolved with metallic materials, following the boat aesthetic. Rodríguez Arias did not want to publish the floor plan of the dwellings in the GATEPAC AC magazine because he could not avoid the small interior ventilation patios, a practically obligatory resource due to the building depth in Barcelona's Eixample and the municipal ordinances that govern it. The composition of the façade follows the Bauhaus compositional criteria, typical of machine culture: it is a perfectly serialised façade, with combined rhythms of horizontal and vertical stripes. The horizontal stripes are determined by the windows, with an accent on the sills, while the vertical stripes are defined by the sunken terraces. Concrete balconies with metal railings are projected from these terraces, producing very intense shadows on the façade. The constant rhythm of these overhangs generates a very mechanical image.