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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 commission proposes to think about the construction of new homes, the restoration of Gaudí's chimney, nave and aedicle. The bleaching warehouse, remodeled and restored, will be given new multipurpose uses, which means that the refurbished building must have good performance both from an environmental point of view as well as from a regulatory and equipment one.
The proposal is to build a large basement in the first 4 corridors of the nave, where the air conditioning machinery, the new sanitary services, the machinery for the new elevator between the ground floor and the basement, a staircase and a warehouse are located. The arches which are cut off on Cooperativa Street side are redone and therefore the current roadway is invaded to recover the original location of the nave. A wall is built parallel to the street to recover the amputated space of the nave and the small aedicle.
Due to the impossibility of recovering the original west façade, the project proposes a new façade that has nothing to do with the previous one. It is a translucent and opal glass façade, with an air chamber and a special treatment that will allow us to increase the natural lighting of the original nave, adapting it to the new uses.
The south and east façades are built according to the façades we know of the nave from a photo taken by Joan Bergós (image 16). In order to isolate it acoustically and thermally, without changing its original appearance, it has been decided to fold the roof and the partition of the east façade. A wooden framework is placed on the roof with the flat tile visible below, on top of which a projected insulation with another flat tile on top is placed. The view of the interior and exterior of the roof will be the original but it will be constructively bent.
If you calculate the structure of the parabolic arches of the nave, you can see that the arch resists the loads of the ship built in a very precarious way. The solution to the increase in loads will be to reinforce, by means of stainless-steel plates, the connection of the three planks that make up the wooden arch (image 18). So as to not to modify the image of the arch, we have chosen to embed the plates on both sides of the central plank.
Glass has been thought of as a distinctive element between the elements of the original nave and the new ones. These contemporary materials (translucent glass and transparent opal) differ from the materials of the late 19th century and at the same time reflect and multiply the parts designed by Gaudí.
TV3 - Els Matins - Mataró, quilòmetre zero de l'obra de Gaudí