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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 aim was to give maximum unity to the two fragments of the block, both to achieve a dignified finish and to make it possible to understand both parts as belonging to the same project.
Two staircases of two dwellings per landing are proposed on Girona Street with a ground floor and 4 landings. This part of the plot contains 16 homes (7 homes of 90 m2 with 4 bedrooms and 9 homes of 70 m2 with 3 bedrooms). On the Riera Gasulla Street side, a single staircase with three floors per landing is proposed. The typical floor plan contains 2 homes of about 70 m2, with the same program as the one mentioned above, and a smaller home with 1 bedroom. On the upper floor, the house closest to the party wall is deleted, providing an increase in surface area to one of the remaining houses and creating a total of 8 houses. The total sum is 24 homes.
It has been thought appropriate to place all the living-dining rooms outside and with the best possible orientation. That is why they either face directly south or are passing and face two opposite sides. The façade folds improve the orientation of the different rooms of the house and allow adequate contact with the outside, at the same time they contribute to uniform the number of openings. All kitchens ventilate to the outside through a laundry-dryer and a patio intended for installations.
On the ground floor there are 3 halls with level entrance from the streets. A space is planned for the relocation of a transformer station and 3 commercial premises, two on the corners and another facing Girona Street. Access to the car park is also provided on the ground floor, which contains 9 spaces on the ground floor and 17 in the basement.
The structure of the building has been proposed as a simple and orderly grid. This arrangement, together with regular and reasonable lights of between 4 and 6 metres, allows good use. The exterior enclosure is of exposed construction and the roof is of ceramic tile, with a 30% slope.