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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.
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The Cros, Garí castle or Garí Palace of Argentona adopts the characteristics of a large, fortified house with a quadrangular attached tower and circular turrets on the flanks, with loopholes, typical of both military architectural structures and rural isolated buildings, elements that allowed a better defense in uncertain times. The farm is surrounded by a walled enclosure. An upper gallery runs along the façades below the roof line, which is covered by glazed ceramic tiles, a detail that gives an idea of the importance that applied arts had at this time. The finishes of wrought iron on the roofs of the tower and the turrets also reflect this fact, in such a way that we the main elements of the industrial age – the applied arts and the historicist theme, which is evident in the revival of the medieval world with the construction of a building – are joined together with the characteristics of a late medieval castle. Access to the house is through a porch that has a gallery or loggia above it, which presents a style close to the flamboyant Gothic style. The house is centered by a courtyard with an open staircase to the first floor. In the interior, J. Puig i Cadafalch was in charge of designing all the furniture and ornamental elements: the staircase, the handrails, the eaves, the fireplace, the lights... and even the sculptural ornamentation of the columns where, among heraldic or floral motifs, one can discover caricatures such as those of Sagasta or Romero Robledo, important figures in the politics of the moment. In 1925, the architect Lluís Bonet Garí replaced the house of the tenant farmers, which was on the ground floor, and installed new bedrooms and a room there.
Within the extensive property of Can Garí in Cros d'Argentona, a large garden that completed the work of remodeling the estate that Josep Puig i Cadafalch carried out between 1898 and 1900 was designed. Nicolau M. Rubió i Tudurí was the first to intervene in the design through the combination of natural spaces with the distribution of tree areas, mainly pines, which responded to leaving a free nature next to other modeled ones. The garden designed to pass through by means of paths, stepped terraces made of exposed brick, pergolas (some recall the work he was carrying out in the Montjuïc Park, in Barcelona) and pointing out points of view open to broad perspectives. The presence of vegetation is combined with sculptures that give a more human dimension to the complex. Wooded spaces have been recreated, others with the presence of cacti and a large tin in the middle of which is the glass temple of Baccarat with the figure of Hermes in bronze or the dots of wrought iron lanterns all resume the stately character of the place.
This garden with the presence of sculptures and areas with citrus trees, so characteristic of the Mediterranean and Italian villas, enters fully into the Noucentisme style. The gardening work was continued by Lluís Bonet i Garí, with whom they shared the same ideology linked to the Noucentisme period.
In 1929, Lluís Bonet i Garí designed the construction of the Can Garí farmhouse, intended for agricultural work and housing. He did not want his project to be a contrast to the work done by Josep Puig i Cadafalch in Can Garí. The new building was designed to take on a certain stately character, both for the dimensions and for the careful treatment of the materials used. Therefore, you can find glazed tiles in the gable roof, a very careful work in the masonry that surrounds the openings or in the discharge arches, but at the same time it also took references from the architecture of the farmhouses. The whole set takes the volume of a farmhouse and introduces the arched gallery. You can also see the use of sgraffito in a figure of Saint Christopher that crowns one of the entrance doors intended for the machinery. There is padding in the corners, and the whole wall is plastered. A stand stands out in the corner that provides it with a character of distinction. Symmetry was not used in the composition, since each of the façades has a different treatment, as is the case with Can Garí by Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
The Cros chapel was built in 1929 by the architect Lluís Bonet i Garí.
If we take into account that at the end of the 19th century construction had not reached the degree of industrialisation of our time, we can appreciate the feat that Puig i Cadafalch represents in completing this work, the house of the financier Josep Garí at the Cros d'Argentona, after only nine months from the start of the works in 1899.
Rectangular building with a ground floor, two landings and anattic, with a gable roof. Although the decoration is simpler than in the main building, we can also find good solid brick work and sgraffitos on the façade. Regular rhythm of openings.
Perspectiva Masoveria de Can Garí.
© Fons Lluís Bonet i Garí / Arxiu Històric del COAC
Esbós d'alçat de la Masoveria de Can Garí.
© Fons Lluís Bonet i Garí / Arxiu Històric del COAC
Set Can Garí