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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque
Directors of the COAC Digital Archive

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Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

In Pictures

  • Rosselló 152 Dwellings

  • Rosselló 152 Dwellings

  • Rosselló 152 Dwellings

  • Rosselló 152 Dwellings

Memory

Sert introdujo el concepto de vivienda mínima y dividió la planta de este edificio en cuatro viviendas por rellano, dos a fachada y dos al patio de manzana. Esta solución representaba una ruptura radical con las distribuciones habituales en el ensanche de Cerdà, que jerarquizaban la fachada principal a la calle y relegaban a un segundo plano la fachada que da al patio interior de manzana. De este modo conseguía reducir al mínimo el número de pequeños patios interiores y facilitaba que la mayoría de las habitaciones ventilaran directamente a través de la fachada. Como la planta es simétrica en las dos direcciones, las dos fachadas son exactamente iguales. El proyecto original contemplaba la construcción de dos edificios simétricos, aunque sólo se llegó a construir el primero. La repetición de estos dos edificios entre medianeras generaba la imagen de un bloque unitario, que era una expresión de la construcción en serie y la cultura de la máquina. Originariamente, la planta baja estaba elevada sobre pilotis y definía un porche que contenía un pasaje cubierto para la entrada y salida de vehículos a los talleres del interior de la manzana, pero, actualmente, esta planta baja se ha cerrado para incorporar comercios. El resultado es un volumen cúbico, con una franja de sombra producida por los huecos de las terrazas que contrasta con el color blanco del estuco y el tratamiento plano de la fachada.

Author: Xavier Llobet i Ribeiro

Source: DOCOMOMO Ibérico

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