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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 project starts from the desire to achieve a closer relationship between housing and public space in an urban context. The block of houses is part of an old industrial belt that has gradually been incorporated into the residential fabric of the city, which has forced important renovation processes of the buildings. In this case, the part of the block that can be renovated forms an L that covers almost its entire surface. The project establishes two housing blocks separated by an interior street that works as a semi-public space, linked at the same time to the housing and to the city's general road network. The outer block, which faces the two most important streets, includes four levels of housing on eight floors, while the inner block includes two levels of housing on four floors. In this way, the complex forms an arch well oriented to the south, and it is possible to illuminate and ventilate all the homes without the need for patios. In the higher block, the lower floors are reserved for shops, while those in the lower block incorporate some private gardens. The houses on the first floor are accessed directly from the street, while the access to the upper houses takes place through open corridors oriented to the north, above the two main streets.
Set of 175 homes (80 - 120 m2) grouped in two parallel buildings in a block in a semi-industrial sector of the Sabadell area. The two curved buildings try to solve the connection of the two existing streets, which have a clear significance in the road network of Sabadell. The street atmosphere takes place between the two buildings, although it is reduced to pedestrian use. The last floors of the exterior building remain on the façade line in the part that corresponds to the wider street, with which the visual unity of the building is not lost, but it suits the characteristics of the two urban sectors.