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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
This set of enormous dimensions is intended for the rehabilitation of injured workers, with the possibility of attending them in a boarding system, for cases of temporary disability and for the recovery for external workers whose injuries do not prevent travel.
The recovery centre takes up the best location on the land. It is located on the ledge of the Plana de Can Genís, on the south side of the mountain. The buildings have practically no north façade and the Plana remains free. All the outbuildings enjoy south orientation, sunshine and panoramic sea views, placed on a series of stepped levels on the hillside.
Despite being a sloping site, the project manages to group all the activities of the "total cycle of the daily life of the workers" on the main floor. This minimises the vertical displacements of the internals. In addition, by locating the access to the centre on this same level, visitors or external users can carry out all their visits on this same floor, without interfering with the living areas.
The centre is located in a natural environment that, together with the climate, the sunshine, the silence and the sea views, contribute to the therapeutic function of the complex, which integrates large, gardened walking areas. It comprises different areas: areas of natural forest with Mediterranean flora, a recovery area with large areas of grass and plantings, as well as massifs of spring-flowering plants and shrubs, a sports area and a recreation area for mass use on public holidays with stepped terraces, shade, barbecues, benches and outdoor worktables. The different areas are connected by a private road, by paths and ramps and, in addition, by a cable car that connects the recovery centre and the sports and recreation areas.