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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 building responds to the purpose of rationalising social housing based on the Cerdà square. The standard block contains four houses, with a small open space in the middle that serves the bedrooms. Each block is clearly separated from the neighbouring block by a cut that contains the staircase and the laundry. The apartment’s main model consists of two corridors, one for the bedrooms and the other one for the kitchen and the lavatories. The complex, containing a ground floor and 5 additional floors, creates a rhythmic façade thanks to the difference in the bodies’ volumes. The project takes care of all the work scales at the same time: from the minimum housing standards to the control of the urban shape.
It was a matter of designing and building a group of very economical houses, based on the strict reality of the 1950s: accepting – and taking advantage of – the low levels of construction techniques and trades, the expressive neutrality of the urbanism, the low social and economic power of recent immigrant users with low standards of comfort, and rental prices conditioned on the salaries that users received in the factory promoting the operation. It was, above all, about not getting one’s hopes up with the idea that the solution of mass housing forced the invention of new types of modules and new construction systems focused on industrialisation utopias. Load-bearing walls built of brick, small light windows, concentration of services, sloping tile roofs, stairs with continuous walls and concrete slabs. An urban form with a closed block and a continuous construction. In general, minimum services, less than most regulations require today. In short: a poor architecture that uses poverty to open a new aesthetic line and to assert in a protestant tone that if social emergencies do not have a research apparatus at their service (expensive and full of hardships) can only find temporary solutions in the use of landscapes and contents – urban or suburban – which, if we spoke in operatic terms, we could almost call “veristas”.