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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2022 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:

2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio
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The project was carried out in two phases, as it was necessary to dispense with some initially designed blocks and compensate for the available buildability on a smaller plot of land. The set consists of the aggregation of a repeated unit containing two duplex dwellings. Each unit has two blind walls on either side that allow aggregation with the neighbouring unit. The living room is on the sunny façades, arranged in an L and with a large, covered terrace in front. The kitchens, dining rooms and service galleries are on the north façades. The bedroom floor is accessed via a staircase in the side wall, accompanied in some cases by a gap above the living room. The combination of symmetry with seriality or the system of unit aggregation reflects an interpretation of the concepts of rationalism that is typical of the 1960s.

Author: Maurici Pla

Source: Catalunya : guia d'arquitectura moderna, 1880-2007

The project is located in the upper part of Barcelona, in the neighbourhood of Pedralbes. The initial plan for the entire plot consisted of 26 luxury homes. Sert developed a duplex system inherited from Le Corbusier's Immeubles-Villa (1922), but adapted it to the knowledge acquired during his long stay in the USA, to the Mediterranean tradition and taking into account the clients to whom it was intended. All this with a taste of what had been put into practice in his pre-exile proposals, such as those of the Macià Plan or the Muntaner housing complex. The houses were divided into 5 different blocks, but the approach had to be revised given the approval of the General Metropolitan Plan of 1970, removing the central block of the plot and densifying the remaining four. Of these four, Sert will eventually only fully implement one, Block 4, given the disagreements with the developer. It will be the only block that respects the original ideas. The airtight appearance of the houses, which entrust all their expressiveness to the games of light and darkness caused by the holes in the gardens at the height of the houses’ double spaces and the composition recessed in section, is reinforced by its retreat from the block with respect to the street line, giving a very important presence to the pre-existing group of trees. The finishes will be white stone, with the presence of booklet shutters and concrete slabs simulating ceramic vaults, as well as ceramic cladding. A review of the GATPAC’s principles in terms of modernity and tradition. The building received the FAD Architecture Award in 1974.

Author: Omar Ornaque Mor

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  1. Les Escales Park

    Josep Anglada Rosselló, Daniel Gelabert i Fontova, José Ribas i González, Josep Lluís Sert

    Les Escales Park

    The project was carried out in two phases, as it was necessary to dispense with some initially designed blocks and compensate for the available buildability on a smaller plot of land. The set consists of the aggregation of a repeated unit containing two duplex dwellings. Each unit has two blind walls on either side that allow aggregation with the neighbouring unit. The living room is on the sunny façades, arranged in an L and with a large, covered terrace in front. The kitchens, dining rooms and service galleries are on the north façades. The bedroom floor is accessed via a staircase in the side wall, accompanied in some cases by a gap above the living room. The combination of symmetry with seriality or the system of unit aggregation reflects an interpretation of the concepts of rationalism that is typical of the 1960s.
  2. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Les Escales Park

    Josep Anglada Rosselló, Daniel Gelabert i Fontova, José Ribas i González, Josep Lluís Sert