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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque
Directors of the COAC Digital Archive

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Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

In Pictures

  • Roca Jeweller's

Memory

Durante los años 30, Barcelona estaba llevando a cabo un proceso de internacionalización de la cultura catalana y el Passeig de Gràcia se estaba convirtiendo en el paseo más elegante y prestigioso del momento. Rogeli Roca, que era un joyero que estaba muy interesado en el diseño contemporáneo y en los movimientos de vanguardia, decidió trasladar la joyería familiar que estaba situada en Las Ramblas, delante del Liceo, y llevarla a la esquina de Passeig de Gràcia con la Gran Via. Era amigo de Sert y le encargó el proyecto. Éste es un buen ejemplo de cómo intervenir con valentía en un edificio existente, aunque la normativa actual no permitiría plantear una actuación de este tipo a causa de la protección del Eixample. La propuesta de Sert es radical y consecuente con las posibilidades que ofrece la estructura metálica del edificio, que permanecía oculta bajo las fachadas neoclásicas del Eixample. La nueva fachada se libera completamente de las restricciones de los muros de carga y se plantea como un cerramiento ligero. Una piel traslúcida, ejecutada con materiales pulidos y reflectantes, que contrasta radicalmente con la textura mate y la opacidad del revoco. Esta fachada causó mucha polémica en la sociedad del momento.

Author: Xavier Llobet i Ribeiro

Source: DOCOMOMO Ibérico

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