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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Nexus II building, located on the North Campus of the UPC in Barcelona and intended for cooperation and technological transfer between university and companies, is governed by the special development plan of the North Campus of Pedralbes and its occasional modification.
The building, with four floors above ground of 6,000 m2 and a parking floor of 1,800 m2, has a horizontal composition and does not exhaust the permitted regulatory height.
The square plan, designed for a very flexible use of the interiors, is divided into four spaces of 18m x 18m with autonomy of operation at all levels. Two large spoilers that protect from the sun highlight the horizontal effect of the composition.
The façades, with a double skin of transparent glass, allow the user to be acoustically and thermally isolated from the outside, without taking away the light and the view.
The Nexus II, located perpendicular to the axis that crosses the Campus from south to north, is installed on a landscaped platform next to the Girona Tower gardens, thus allowing access to the car park without ramps.
The building is crossed from the first floor by a staircase that allows a fluid circulation between each floor, and, transversally, by two light gaps that guarantee optimal natural lighting of the interior spaces.
The structure of the building is made of concrete and in general noble materials have been used such as clear glass on the façades, lacquered steel on the ceilings, white mats on the windows and marble on the floors. The offices are carpeted. A technical floor houses all the facilities necessary for the proper functioning of the building (air conditioning, electricity, IT, etc.).