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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 layout of the houses adopts a solution that transcends the usual traditional typologies. All the apartments have a façade that faces the block of houses’ inner courtyard, which offers the best sunlight for the living rooms. The bedrooms form a separate body, aligned with both streets, and connected to the inner body by long corridors. Both bodies are separated by an open courtyard that spans the entire building, from end to end. The corridors are of a greater importance in the distribution of the houses, since they have a lot of natural light and give more openness to the central residual space.
The main feature that stands out in this property, located in the Sant Gervasi neighbourhood, is the fact that the houses on the standard floor are divided, through courtyards, into two independent parts, enabling a radical separation between the living room, with southern lighting, and the bedrooms, which overlook the street. In each apartment, these two areas are connected through passages that acquire the quality of intermediate space.
The project as a whole can be understood as a reinterpretation of the Eixample’s traditional typology of apartment building, developed in the late nineteenth century and constantly evolving since then. Some of the tangible features in the layout and in the project’s apartments, such as the depth, the day-night division or the courtyards of light, are in fact very present elements in the Eixample’s construction tradition.
The choice of materials, both in the windows’ woodwork and the masonry enclosures of the main façades, reinforces the traditional image of the building, which is far from the strictest modern movements’ canons. The influence of neo-liberty architecture that emerged in Milan in the 1950s is also clear, and it was very present at that time in Barcelona. This artistic movement, with exponents such as the architect Vittorio Gregotti or the BBPR studio, proposed a separation from the CIAM and opted for an Art Nouveau and Italian traditional architecture revival.