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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
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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.
Located at 108 Roger de Llúria Street, close to the headquarters of the Lawyers’ Association of Catalonia, the existing premises are developed on the ground floor, a partial basement and of low height and some small attic dependencies, also of reduced height, and with problems of use, given the structural elements (joists and beams).
The premises have a narrow and deep configuration (51.5 m) with little street frontage and a lack of intermediate courtyards.
The project proposes an intervention limited in extension, however, which radically changes the spatial perception of the existing premises. The project also aims to optimise the use of the different spaces, organising the various activities by zone.
A first access space, taking advantage of the conditions of the two façade openings, to access a first area, and then enter and recognise the full dimension of the intervention. The second façade opening on the axis of the premises thus becomes an eye that allows the central space to be illuminated and visualised from the outside. The name and anagram of the entity will be placed on the glass.
The central area, which contains the mentioned radical intervention which consists of opening a void in the floor and the ground floor of 9.5 x 3 metres, which allows spatial and visual communication of the care areas for the mutual members located in the access level and the areas for occasional medical consultations located on the lower floor, in which, through a small excavation, the necessary height is obtained (2.50 metres). This spatial void visually communicates the mezzanine intended for archives and staff leisure, with a suspended walkway.
With this intervention, a triple-height space is generated that includes the circulation elements: staircase-ramp, steps, stairs and walkways, visually communicating the areas for public attention, work, consultations and archives.
Finally, the management offices and the large meeting room are at the back of the premises, opening onto the inner space of the block, which enjoys the possibility of lighting with large skylights of zenithal light placed on the roof.
At the back of the premises, we create a small terrace-patio-garden in relation to this intermediate space with zenithal light, which connects the management offices to optimise the conditions of light and comfort causing attractive views of the landscaped courtyard.
A whole set of complementary activities, services, facilities, warehouses, emergency exits, etc., are strategically placed in intermediate spaces of the project, solving security and evacuation issues.