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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 building is completely isolated and has the best orientation towards the interior of the block, where the Jardins Tòquio square is located. Despite its generous dimensions, it only has two flats per landing, with the peculiarity that the attic and the upper attic are grouped together in a single flat, designed especially for the Catalan soprano Victòria dels Àngels. Almost all the characteristics of this building can be related to Le Corbusier's five points of modern architecture, although with some nuances that make it unique. The building is raised on reinforced concrete piloti and the hall is separated from the façades. This hall consists of a glass box, with very large surface panes. It is also separated from the ground, creating a shadow line that reinforces the feeling of lightness of the building. Right at the entrance, there is a fountain with a jet of water that makes a very pleasant sound when you enter. The free floor is manifested through the structure and the generous dimensions of the houses, with the day areas towards the interior of the block. The façade is clad in white stone cladding and, instead of horizontal windows, it has a set of terraces embedded in the volume. The garden terrace begins in the soprano’s attic and extends into the upper attic, protected by a heather enclosure that is visible from the street and produces a very interesting plastic effect, resolved with great precision, as if it were a work of art.
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Arxiu Històric del COAC