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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque
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Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2022 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio
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The plot’s peculiar conditions lead to a distributive solution that leaves aside the typological repertoire of urban environment housing. The only façade to the street faces north. On the south side, the connection space with the inner courtyard is very small and is located in a corner. Bofill chooses to place the living rooms on the side of the street and direct the bedrooms towards the inner courtyard, creating one of its own which guarantees good lighting and ventilation in the back of the apartments. The two bedroom wings open in a staggered direction, and the master bedroom is at the end, in the best position. In the remaining spaces between both bodies are the kitchens, with an opening to the courtyard, and the bathrooms, at the partitions. The façade facing the street combines some ceramic lattice locks with wooden shutters, which close the living rooms asymmetrically.

Author: Maurici Pla

Source: Catalunya : guia d'arquitectura moderna, 1880-2007

They constitute an original solution to the problem of housing construction between partitions, a very common issue in Barcelona. The plot, located near the junction with Calvet Street, has an extremely reduced communication with the block’s inner courtyard and, therefore, little possibility of having natural lighting and rear ventilation. It was decided to create the apartment’s own inner courtyard, oriented towards the point of contact with the block’s courtyard. The courtyard is configured as a common space for the flats, and it provides lighting in the staircase, the flats and the lobby. With the asymmetrical layout of this courtyard, he had to work thoroughly on each houses’ distribution, ensuring its privacy despite the high proportion of space intended for community use.

Author: RBTA - Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

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