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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 new residential building is located in a unique location near Collserola, where the small scale of the neighbouring domestic buildings is mixed with teaching or care facilities of a larger entity. The proposal seeks an implementation scale appropriate to the environment, complementing the domesticity of the single-family residential fabric with the greater dimension and scale of other pieces in its environment.
An L-shaped building aligned to the streets and open to the good orientation and views is proposed, where most of the houses face south or south-east.
The volume of the building is compact towards the street, with a north façade where the access corridors to the homes are arranged and an energy filter is generated. On the other side, it breaks down and steps towards the interior of the lot, making the contact with the neighbouring courtyards more domestic. The main access is located at an intermediate level that brings the building closer to Quatre Camins Street.
The adaptation to the topography allows the creation of two large community spaces, where the elderly can carry out outdoor activities. The first, located on the first floor, is a terrace in direct relation to the garden space and the other, on the third floor, connects to the laundry and the deck.
All the homes have a comfortable space that connects them to the outside, in order to obtain better protection against the wind and privacy from the neighbours. In addition, the ceramic lattices and adjustable blinds work as temperature modulators and are a passive energy saving measure that increases user comfort.
In general, a construction with minimal ecological footprint and low energy demand, compact and with good thermal insulation is proposed. The use of solar radiation and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, following PassivHaus standards, allows a 75% reduction in total consumption, and an A energy rating.