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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
There are observations when first seeing the plot that have a decisive influence during the realisation of the project. The plot of land intended for the construction of a high school in Rubí showed a large building gap that could be seen far away, in fact as far as the Montserrat mountain. They determined that once the building was built, this would not be lost.
There was also the limited area of the plot for the necessary program, so that the minimum amount of land had to be occupied in order to use the rest for the sports courts and other activities. A compact building was therefore planned, located on the southern part of the site and facing the newly created square. The strong presence of the square is supported by the building, but avoiding the axiality it imposes.
The access from the square is on one side, near Lepant Street, through a large porch that crosses the building and gives way to the back yard, leaving the main entrance as a balcony towards the slopes and elevated from the street.
The centre is organised on four floors, with direct access from the two lower floors, which are used for more public activities: multipurpose room, gym, changing rooms, dining room, administration and teachers' rooms. The two upper floors are used exclusively for classrooms and workshops.
The organisation of circulation takes place in the form of a comb dependent on the two interior courtyards which, in addition to illuminating and ventilating the parts furthest from the façades, are a strong defining element of the interior of the building. On the lowest floor the building becomes transparent from side to side.
Elements of the façade that should be noted: the Begur stone, used so commonly in the plinths of popular buildings, the removal of the edges, making the building appear anchored to the original site and detaching itself from the nearby buildings of a very diverse character that surround it to relate to a more distant environment.