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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 project develops the construction of 30 homes, premises without specific use and a garage with a capacity of 68 parking spaces. It is a new building that maintains the existing façades of Còrsega Street and Caputxins passage, while all the remaining construction is demolished.
A maximum volume is defined in six floors and a series of voids are practiced which at the same time allow a more appropriate encounter with the neighbouring building.
It is a new building with façade maintenance where the new uses of the building are residential on the ground floor, premises without a defined use facing Còrsega Street on the ground and mezzanine floors, and parking on the basement floors. Due to the characteristics of the volumetrics, the 30 homes are distributed in a total of eight different typologies.
The lower and upper floors are defined by two premises facing the street (one of them cornering the Caputxins passage), the main entrance to the building with the caretaker's area and facilities rooms, and three duplex with façade and garden at the back; all of them with living room, kitchen, double room, two single rooms and bathroom. Returning to the initial state of the building, the service access door located in the central opening of the passage is cancelled.
The first and second floors have an identical distribution, with six homes per floor and access to a common central corridor with two elevators and the protected staircase, which divides the floor between the homes that face the street and those that face the block’s patio. There are two central courtyards, shared by two houses each, and the other two houses face the passage.
On the third floor, where the first setback appears on the façade, five homes are articulated. The same program is maintained but without the terrace on the fourth floor.
And in the fifth one, the recesses appear on the main façade, transforming one of the homes into a study. The other house will be a little smaller and the other three will remain with the same program.
The covered floor houses the enclosures for installations, the solar panels, air conditioning devices and an area of common use for the neighbours designed as a solarium terrace.
The three basement floors that make up the building house 68 parking spaces, 30 storage rooms, stairs and spaces for installations. Storage rooms and 15 parking spaces are located on the first floor, while the remaining parking spaces are distributed respectively in 26 and 27 spaces in floors two and three.