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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 new Hospital de Sant Pau is located in the northern triangle of the historic site dominated by the constructions made at the beginning of the century by the architect Domènech i Montaner. The topography and the different urban limits pose two situations: the current entrance to the hospital that faces the Eixample and the Sagrada Família, and the proposed building that faces the layout of the Ronda del Mig. The new hospital consists of two clearly differentiated areas. One contains the program for services and the other one for hospitalisation, linked together by an "intermediary" that acts as a hall. The service building has a façade and is supported on Mas Casanovas Street, assuming the role of building as a plot boundary. The hospital area is formalised as "fingers" of a hand that are inserted into the green space that separates it from the old hospital, achieving a smaller scale of the building and a subtler relationship with the old pavilions.
The historic site of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, which corresponds to nine blocks of the Eixample, is occupied and dominated by the constructions made at the beginning of the century by the architect Lluís Domènech i Muntaner.
In this enclosure, the new building architecturally completes the plot in a square shape in which the directionality of an axis underlines the diagonal and organises an internal, centripetal order, to which the best parts of the old hospital are attached.
The new Hospital de Sant Pau consists of two clearly differentiated areas. One contains the service program and the other one is the hospitalization area. These two areas are connected by an "intermediate" that acts as a hall.
On the one hand, the "big" building, the service and consultation building, has a façade and is supported on Mas Casanovas Street, assuming the role of the boundary building of the plot. On the other hand, the hospital area is formalised as "fingers" of a hand that are inserted into the green space that separates it from the old hospital.