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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 building, a triple multi-sports hall, is the result of a competition won by Barcelona City Council, carried out in collaboration with BB arquitectes and Gustavo Gili.
The large volume that the extensive functional program generates in relation to the reduced size of the site and the density of nearby buildings proposes to semi-underground an important part of the sports complex, ensuring, through section mechanisms, good lighting and natural ventilation as well as convenient access/evacuation to the lower parts.
With this semi-underground, apart from reducing the visual impact considerably and obtaining important energy gains thanks to reducing its exposed surfaces, a gain is obtained in the urban public space. By withdrawing the building from the road alignment, a free cushion is guaranteed that resolves the access as well as the complicated urban plot at this point. A free public space is generated that acts as the urban foyer of the complex and significantly improves the integration of the building in its immediate environment, moving the outside of the square to the inside of the stands on the main court.
The proposed construction system is born from the recovery of the memory of local construction traditions based on ceramics from the beginning of the 20th century. We therefore link a craft tradition with a post-industrial attitude by proposing systems based on industrialised ceramics. A building designed for use, where the materials are shown as they are, contributing sensorial qualities by themselves. They are the same materials that are repeated in all the spaces of the complex, which generates the feeling of a whole, although each of them can be interpreted individually; ceramics, wood, concrete... these are the materials for which the building is recognisable.
In the skin of the building, the ceramics adapt to the different needs and orientations of the façades. In all of them, empty and full spaces alternate, as well as opaque and translucent or transparent parts in different ways. The opaque parts are "broken" with the use of different textures and colours of ceramic so that the complex is broken up, while controlling the natural light that bathes the building inside.
A unique roof is proposed for the above-ground building, made up of subtle inverted vaults that appear on the façade and that link, albeit indirectly, with the order and presence of the vaults of the neighbouring roofs of the box seats building, as another mechanism for integration and recognition of the strength and uniqueness of the neighbourhood.