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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Hospital del Mar expansion and refurbishment project had a twofold objective: to define the new functional and physical organisation of the Olympic Hospital and to specify its structure and image within the actions and urban projects of the immediate seafront.
From an urban point of view, the new hospital buildings had to connect the Barceloneta district with the new Olympic Village by organising a new façade of the promenade. On the other hand, there was a wish to integrate these hospital and research facilities with the plot of green spaces on the seafront, offering environmentally friendly, pleasant and spongy architectural spaces.
Natural light, indoor relationships and the search for a home environment were the parameters that guided the definition of the project. Obtaining this comfortable home environment is proposed both from the functional personalisation of the building, avoiding the overcrowding in hospital accesses, consultations and services, and from the personalisation of each subset of the hospital. We are also working on deepening the functional contents of each space to enable the appropriation of these spaces by health personnel.
To avoid the feeling of a building that is too large and anonymous, with overcrowded spaces, each subset of the hospital is personalised to make it possible to identify it, through its shape, materials, colour and light. In order to achieve a domestic atmosphere, both from the design of the building and from the equipment, it is necessary to delve into the contents of the space. The idea of space comfort was born, in part, from the possibility of appropriating space. In this sense, every effort has been made to ensure that all facilities are integrated into the general environment in the most harmonious way possible. All spaces enjoy the most advanced facilities, but they are not flaunted. Furniture is an essential element in the personalisation of architectural spaces and in obtaining the aforementioned domestic environment.