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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Santa Caterina market’s site is the result of the superimposition of numerous historical strata dating from the Bronze Age, with a necropolis of which there are still some remains. The first market was built in the 19th century on the ruins of a monastic structure, and the last intervention aims to mend the structural and organisational deficits of the old market. The project is based on the overlap between the old and the new, from a conception of action that seeks to establish a continuity with this series of historical overlaps. The number of stops is reduced and power lines are created inside, creating new connections between the surrounding streets. The new roof overlaps the old perimeter factory and recovers its image from neighbouring houses, while being based on a structural principle of stable fragility.
The Santa Caterina market is the key piece of an urban plan also developed by Enric Miralles with Xavier Sust, which aims to connect Francesc Cambó Avenue (and the Cathedral) with Passeig de Sant Joan without having to gut the Gothic Quarter, as in the original Cerdà plan did.
The market seeks to change the section of the street and reduce it to deliver it against the narrower streets that make the connection. To do this, they dismantle the original building by Josep Mas i Vila, who is also the author of the pergola of La Boqueria market, and advance the roof until it overflows the original perimeter of the market and pours onto Francesc Cambó Avenue. The new roof recycles much of the wooden trusses that formed the original roof structure, perfectly visible from the inside.
At the back there is a new square and a space to visit the ruins of the convent on which the market sits. This square is used for houses that are arranged hovering over the market, also made by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue. There is a recycling plant under the houses.
The new roof, with a wooden soffit, distinguishes the market space and makes it a warm place, with stalls arranged in circuits that lead to the back square. An interesting restaurant completes the program.
The exterior of the roof forms a ceramic mural with fruit designs, probably the most unique roof in the city, colourful and spectacular, a landscape only visible from the upper floors of the surrounding buildings and from satellite. The mural adapts as a second skin to the changing geometry of the roof, inspired by the Ciutadella’s Pavilion area.
The façade on Colomines Street secretly recycles, in a mural that forms the back of the market, cod sinks and other scrap materials from the demolition of old stalls. The Santa Caterina market’s site is the result of the superposition of numerous historical strata that date from the Bronze Age, with a necropolis of which there are still some remains. The first market was built in the 19th century on the ruins of a monastic structure, and the last intervention aims to mend the structural and organisational deficits of the old market. The project is based on the overlap between the old and the new, from a conception of action that seeks to establish a continuity with this series of historical overlaps. The number of stops is reduced and power lines are created inside, creating new connections between the surrounding streets. The new roof overlaps the old perimeter factory and recovers its image from neighbouring houses, while being based on a structural principle of stable fragility.