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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 hotel is located in the former headquarters of Banc de Sabadell. This refurbishment maintains the original building as a memory of a time when Passeig de Gràcia was, exclusively, home to local banks and businesses, with a very different character to the one it has today.
The original building was built in 1955 and is the work of the architect Galíndez, a regular collaborator of the bank. It has a granite and fig stone façade which is very hard, strictly symmetrical and with eight heights in the central body. This façade has been well restored, with new windows suitable for the new use as a luxury hotel. Only the plinth has been affected.
With only three operations, the building has been able to accommodate the new program and, in addition, improve the relationship with Passeig de Gràcia and the fit with the city.
The first is the plinth. A porch with shops and central access is defined by a sloping walkway that replaces the original imperial staircase. The reception is located on the mezzanine, at the bottom of the lot. The access road is completely public.
The second is a beautiful atrium at the full height of the building, which facilitates the overall perception, organises the room floors, illuminates the entrance walkway and creates a spectacular access.
The third consists of a completely new façade that overlooks the inner courtyard of the block, opening onto a garden designed by Bet Figueras.
The interiors, created in collaboration with Patricia Urquiola, have a calligraphic, delicate, sensitive design that plays with the nuance of the lights and the sensuality of the spaces. The white colour, the indirect and nuanced lights, the shutters, the warm furniture by contrast are the leitmotif of all the building’s spaces, with several public and visitable parts.
The Mandarin Hotel in Barcelona is the result of a long process where the perseverance between "client and architect" explains 5 years of work. At the beginning of the summer of 2004, work began on the vague idea of a Hotel on Passeig de Gràcia. Back then, there was no contact with Mandarin Oriental or any other hotel company. Only the illusion of formulating a proposal that would boost interest for the city.
At the beginning of 2003, Barcelona had no new international hotel offers in the city centre since the Olympic Games. Based on this awareness of Barcelona at the beginning of the 21st century, work has begun on a project that has been taking shape as the participants have faced the reality of what it means to introduce an international projection facility in the heart of Cerdà’s Eixample.
Barcelona has everything necessary to establish itself as a destination of great international interest and as a cultural and business capital of the Mediterranean. The recent designation of Barcelona as the capital of the Mediterranean confirms this reality.
Establishing a hotel with the characteristics of the Mandarin Hotel in the centre of Barcelona is an achievement in terms of both technical, urban planning and architectural aspects. The work transcends the urban area and the city.
Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri, Juan Trias de Bes, Patricia Urquiola Hidalgo