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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 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.
The building, oriented from north to south, supports the houses on both sides and leaves four very comfortable courtyards where the interior rooms breathe. A structural system of concrete screens allows to crisply fit four houses per landing, and each house is organised in two corridors: the smallest contains the kitchen, the dining room and the living room, while the largest contains the bedrooms. A system of variants for the openings allows the windows to be skewed to the south and the large façade plan to be modeled as a varied and three-dimensional fabric, where the ceramic plate is combined with the concrete of the hoops and dihedrals that support the grandstands.
These dwellings are located in one of the great routes of entrance to the city. With the aim of obtaining the best sunlight conditions for this linear block arranged on a north-south axis, the windows are shaped like a gallery, according to triangles projecting from the façade, open to the south and closed to the north. The program of the dwellings, 75 m2, with three bedrooms, kitchen, living room, laundry rooms and a bathroom, is organised by large central patios, which are opened by the laundry room and a bedroom, leaving two bedrooms and the living room on the façade.
The apartments are personalised through alterations of the type that translate into a different number and arrangement of windows and rooms, achieving seven different types of façade for each dwelling.
All of this confers a vibrancy to the façade and some internal differences in the apartments that, within a patent economy of resources, flee from the repetitive typologies of affordable housing and its compositional poverty.
Set of 121 homes (54 m2) on an access road to Barcelona. The layout and dimensions of the block were established in the Urban Plan of the area. The N-S direction made it possible to locate houses on both façades with sunshine in the morning or in the afternoon, leaving a large courtyard in the middle that practically divides the complex into two almost independent blocks. According to all this, the windows protrude forming small-cantilevered grandstands, with an opening to the south and a massive closing to the north. The windows have several positions that allow different uses of the rooms. These different arrangements are arranged according to a complex pre-established geometric rhythm, which breaks the succession of the small modules of the floors, so that the whole maintains order and unity on the large scale of the building despite the large number of windows. The façade is covered with dark brown ceramic tiles, with exposed concrete overhangs.