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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
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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.
This work is about the transformation of an old industrial space located between the stretch of Diagonal Avenue between Bilbao and Castella Streets, limited by Pere IV.
The action includes two buildings with 42 and 27 homes. The design of the two buildings has the same volumes, with the historical significance of Cerdà’s Eixample in its respect for the mandatory alignments and its compliance with all the proposed urban planning parametres.
The textures and materials of the panels used on the exterior façade, as well as the colour of jambs and lintels, correspond to the desire to give this typical volume a new image, in accordance with the time and the environment that emerges in its closest surroundings. The façades become, in this way, a kind of aesthetic bridge between the surrounding buildings.
The buildings are built with a concrete structure and latticework. The design of the two buildings matches in their volume; in addition, the façades maintain the same composition criteria.
In the construction system of the façade, C Fiber concrete panels with glass fiber are used, with visible fastening of rivets on an aluminum substructure. 1.80m deep balconies are randomly placed. The black concrete panels contrast with the orange lacquered aluminum window frames.
The interior façade is composed of white concrete, jambs of the same colour and dark grey carpentry. In addition, there are some mobile curtains of 3x3m. On the façades of the interior courtyard, we find a 1.50m deep balcony, running along the façade.