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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Barcelona Botanic Garden extends along the upper side of the Montjuïc mountain that overlooks Barcelona, and holds spectacular views over the city.
It is a garden where plant species from areas of the world with a Mediterranean climate live together, sorted by geographical area. Therefore, the species found there adapt quite well to the city and can be exhibited outdoors.
The garden is created by accommodating a geometry of paths that cross each other forming triangles (you can clearly distinguish a main circuit that makes the visit very easy) adapted in a very natural way to an uneven slope. This powerful geometric order served the architects to organise the entrance park, and will be replaced, over time (already happening in some areas of the park) by a vegetal order that is the result of an intelligent planting of undergrowth, bushes and trees that will grow over time and give the whole set a natural order as logical as the artificial one. The two currently coexist perfectly in various areas of the park.
The palette of artificial materials is basic: wooden fences, rusted iron and concrete. The auxiliary buildings are also built with these materials. The beautiful high school that crowns the park should be highlighted, a prism that levitates a few metres from the ground and that leaves a rusty iron window as a privileged vantage point of the city.
The complex constitutes one of the most beautiful urban spaces in the city, and the multiplicity of routes created by its geometry of paths makes it a very pleasant place for a long stay.
The Botanical Garden is built on an area of about 14 hectares on the Montjuïc mountain, in front of the Olympic Ring, on land that for the last hundred years was a dumping ground for all kinds of waste.
For this reason, funds were requested from the European Community to recycle this old landfill and turn it into the new Botanical Garden of Barcelona.
The project is carried out entirely with strict criteria of sustainability and elimination of physical barriers.
To build the new topography, the reinforced earth of the mountain itself is used, recyclable and ecological materials are used for the fence, etc. An integral irrigation system that from the central computer activates the different electro-valves through a radio transmitter, assisted by photovoltaic energy also by the lighting of the emergency lighting.
Obviously, all the planting criteria, by grouping plants from areas with similar climates, are also carried out in a sustainable way by bringing together the homoclimatic Mediterranean flora, California, Chile, South Africa, Australia and our eastern and western Mediterraneans.
The layout of the garden is based on botanical issues of ecosystems, using the concept of morphological convergence. The aim is to turn it into a tool of great scientific, pedagogical and leisure value.
The method adopted, which in a certain way can be described as ultra-artificial, ends up assuming the fractal dimension of nature itself, achieving a synthesis between the ecological balance of the plantations and the artificiality that the built infrastructure gives to the territory.
The logical intervention occurs without scale.
The final dimension of the interventions is unrelated to the project mechanisms, the initial layout and measurement are not necessary to deepen the project. It will be the use of the triangular mesh that will be faceting and fractalising the landscape while solving the complex demands of the project, drainage, circulation, irrigation...
This will be the place itself, the one that provides the guidelines for the intervention, making its morphological and topographical conditions emerge and the forms of the new landscape.