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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
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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 Plaza, located in the Plaça d’Espanya, is a fundamental part of the urban operation of the new Tarragona Street, due to its location and the great load of activity and representation.
The Hotel has been designed with an annular floor, in the manner of large urban hotels with an extensive Hall, connected to a large inner courtyard equipped with exterior dimensions and qualities. These two pieces act as an internal binder of the wide range of uses that the Hotel contains. On the outside, the resulting volume is enriched with a smooth inflection in the definition of its faces. Freed by its urban situation from the automatism of the alignments, the building finds its own identity in the undulating movement of its façades. A tower of orthogonal composition placed at the corner ends and distinguishes the building and the urban ensemble of the Plaça d’Espanya in which the bullring “Las Arenas” and the entrance portico to the fairgrounds. The six floors above the ground floor and the tower accommodate 338 rooms and 8 suites, one of them with the large clock as a stained window overlooking the square. The four façades are built with prefabricated concrete panels that incorporate granite slabs of two colours, gray and red, and different sizes, on the exterior. The chosen cutting covers the mechanical subdivision of the prefabricated, fleeing from an automatic construction division to approach a textile-stony outlook, with more unified results. The same composition of orthogonal lines solves the carpentry. The large central courtyard’s interior, close to 30 m. x 30 m., has been finished with ceramic materials of five different colours, distributed in a graduated order, from the darkest ones to the lightest ones, in the manner of some modernist courtyards that contrasted their chromatic variation with a stony, stern and urban exterior. The building has four basements, destined for: parking, facilities, services and warehouses.
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