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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
We kindly invite you to help us improve the dissemination of Catalan architecture through this space. Here you can propose works and provide or amend information on authors, photographers and their work, along with adding comments. The Documentary Commission will analyze all data. Please do only fill in the fields you deem necessary to add or amend the information.
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 housing complex, built in several phases, takes up the front of two blocks of houses in the Eixample and is structured as a large piece, elongated and parallel to the Mataró motorway, made up of two elements: a head and a body.
The desire to configure an architecture at the scale of the environment and with a clear urban character is expressed as a serial and almost uninterrupted sequence of the essential element of the composition: the tribune that organises the interior spaces around the living room and manifests itself on the outside with a gentle curve that recalls the viewpoints of 19th century bourgeois architecture but taken to another scale that transforms its meaning. The monumentality of the whole is to be accounted for by the domestic treatment of the basic unit: the house.
The complex adopts a double linear block typology, with patios covered with skylights. This interior space is manifested in the headboards, where the double block has been resolved as a unitary façade.
The façades are structured on three levels that correspond to the plinth, shaft and architrave of the classical proportions, but translated into an industrial language of visible work that adopts various combinations and chromatic games and that somehow still leaves the factory architecture of modernism or American urban architecture of the 19th century.
The distribution of the homes is organised from the living area linked to the tribune, which is directly connected to the kitchen and the master bedroom, thus creating a complementary circulation that revolves around the living room be and turns it into the central space of the home.