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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 project is considered taking into account its impact on the public space, especially its impact on Roig Street, which is very narrow and without any ventilation or light. It is set up by means of three independent bodies attached to the partition walls of the site, so that they can free up space on the façade that connects directly to the cracks and small corners that remain between the three blocks. Each block has its own independent staircase, although access from the ground floor is unique, and the stairs fork at the level of the first floor. The determination of the three blocks takes great care of the spatial relations between the horizontal areas: the streets and the building, the public spaces and the spaces of domestic domain, the spaces of transition. The project reflects on the value of street alignment in the Old City, an undefined line, a strip of tolerance between diverse people, regardless of the dynamics of the offense and the sanction.
Although the municipal planning allows to occupy the whole plot (it is even, considered mandatory from certain positions), I found it very difficult to propose a continuous building, 15 - 16 m high, in a 4 m wide street. Not so much because of the quality of the resulting housing, but because of what it meant in terms of giving up on the dark Roig Street.
Increasing its quality as a street, as an instrument of communication, was possible since we had a front almost 50 m long.
The first step was to open it in a funnel-like manner towards Carme Street in order to take advantage of the activity and its intense urban life. This change in alignment that affects the ground floor (5.5 m in average height) also allows visual communication through Roig Street, between Carme and Hospital Streets.
The houses are arranged on this new alignment grouped in three almost exempt buildings, which are placed tilting on the new line:
The one on the corner of Carme / Roig, recovering the original opening, the one at the bottom of Roig Street, supporting and reinforcing the new alignment, and the third, delayed and barely visible from the street, helps to obtain the number of the minimum housing that Procivesa needed to make the proposal possible.
Insisting on the will to favour the relations between street and houses, the living rooms are arranged in the corners looking for longitudinal views in relation to Roig Street.