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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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Located in Poblenou’s old urban fabric, at a point of transition between the historic axis of Maria Agulló, the Rambla de Poblenou and the beach which is nearby, the project meets this dual condition. On the one hand, on Fernando Poo Street, the traditional typology of the house is recovered, single-storey and two-storey houses that express their individuality on the street. On the other, the corner, empty but drawn on the edges and cut into the sky, flows into the city of Barcelona with its animated flows of inhabitants and visitors who run towards the beach.
In Sant Francesc Street, the typological solution insists on the animation of the lower floors as a founding element of the social control of the city. A simple access system avoids elevators and extends the street towards the interior of the homes and common spaces. The collective builds the city and organises pass-through housing on the ground floor and duplexes on the first floor. The corner is resolved with a T-shaped house that opens onto the interior courtyard and a void that proposes a new interruption to Fernando Poo Street. The effect of the corner thus benefits three homes and offers an access space that can be colonised by its inhabitants.
In all cases, the mattress of the small access courtyards protected with low-height locks gives thickness to the line between what is public and what is private and contributes to an energy strategy that, thanks to the insulation from the outside (SATE) and aerothermia, achieves maximum efficiency. The voids on the first floor overcome their functional condition to acquire the scale of the street through large openings and corridors. This border between the domestic and the overall vision is even more diluted inside the operation, where the configuration of the car park allows the planting of indigenous port trees. The good orientation of the houses, to the sun and to the sea, reveals a small garden recess in the heart of the city.
The 12 houses are anchored in Poblenou’s urban tradition and manifest this through a small intervention on their ground floor walls that recalls the names of their history.
[La Granota . Trofeu Mans . La França Xica . El tio Che . Pa amb vi i sucre . L’Aliança . Ateneu Colón . Joncar . Teneria Barcelonesa . Ca l’Aranyó. El Sabre de Plata...]