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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
The block of flats on Rambla de Catalunya is the result of the transformation of an office building designed in 1969 into a high-end residential complex. The comprehensive refurbishment maintains both the pre-existing structure and the height and is therefore delimited from the demolition and the total replacement with a new building.
The intervention groups the ventilation of the houses and the stairs in a single central courtyard. The rectangular courtyard that is inserted in the middle of the floor is divided into two parts by a central element, a staircase of one section for each level and a walkway that runs parallel to the façade. The courtyard, which is commonly a secondary and often neglected element, becomes essential and acquires a presence in the building. It is confused with a coating of aluminum slats that capture natural light and direct it into the interior of the houses through voids sized according to the height.
The new façade towards the Rambla de Catalunya is projected as a glazed enclosure, from floor to ceiling. A minimal matte green aluminum carpentry allows the opening of large sliding leaves. The neutrality of the wall covering is reinforced by establishing the railings inside. This enclosure is screened by an external plane of metal blinds with horizontal slats, which can be oriented according to the control of solar radiation.
The property is inserted between different buildings both in time and in the language of their façades. Faced with the impossibility of establishing an articulated link, the façade is composed of neutrality and rigour. The modulation is strict and argues for a formal resignation that makes even the imposed lines of the floors disappear. The blind sheet, the orderly multiplication, forms the façade, condenses the domestic references in a respectful exercise that owes to some magnificent lessons of modernity in Barcelona.