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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 old Poble Nou district, the productive engine of the city of Barcelona, was mostly built for industrial sites without any architectural interest. The few exceptions that the heritage catalog decided to keep may create the wrong picture of what this place was like. The fact is that most of the constructions were very precarious, with no other interest than the merely productive ones and constructed through a continuous process of addition of bodies with very heterogeneous construction techniques. Can Framis can be a sample of this type of construction and does not want to make up the texture of its old and damaged skin which acts in contrast to the high technology displayed around it.
The contemporary intervention consists of cauterising the wound by consolidating the testers and constructing a new building that connects the two existing naves and that had to coincide itself with the layout of another old nave. In this way, the three buildings form a courtyard that becomes the lobby of the future museum and space for multipurpose activities.
All these interventions are materialised in a coarse concrete that melts with the pavements. A layer of gray paint protects the existing walls and makes their details transparent (brick, stone, arches, scars from old windows, etc.), forming a contemporary collage of textures, holes and walls that reflects the different strata and interventions that the building has undergone over time.
Inside, you take the elevator from the entrance and the visit begins at the highest level, to get a continuous walk, downhill and without interruptions of the exhibition route. The required high exposure density leaves the only formal scores for this route for the stairs.
The garden highlights the unusual level where the museum is located, a metre and a half below the level of the Cerdà plot, the product of its previous location and rises within its limits to hide wheeled traffic. The ivy that will cover the entire pavement and the poplars will offer a melancholy and decadent image that will enhance the contrast with the smell of new surroundings.