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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 block has established the typical arrangement of buildings lined up along the surrounding streets with large building depths around a central courtyard, which is also buildable in part. The urban planning proposal consisted of breaking this closed scheme and opening up the interior as a public space related to the streets, trying, however, not to contradict the morphological reality of these streets. It was a question of combining three fundamental premises: to improve the hygienic conditions of dwellings in depth that occurred in traditional urbanisation; to integrate the public use of the inner spaces of the building, breaking the formal recidivism of the streets; to maintain, however, the urban character of the adjacent streets that belong to an urban network very characteristic of a Barcelona neighbourhood. That is why two linear buildings were organised following the alignment of two streets and the interior space was opened towards Escorial Street, which has a less local nature. The tall building that accumulates in height a large part of the buildability of the building was in the middle of this space. The housing types are adapted to the obvious general morphological requirement: the linear buildings group paired homes with access by stairs for each of them (of 80 and 90 m2), and the tall building corresponds to homes in two floors with access through longitudinal corridors, (100 m2). The exterior finish of the tall building is concrete and white tile and that of the low buildings is solid brick and ceramic lattices.