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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
European public tender for the construction of the New Encants Market in Barcelona. Convened by Barcelona City Council through the municipal company BIMSA, the decision was made public on April 22, 2008. The new Barcelona Encants market is being installed as a mediation device between the reform of Les Glòries Square and the Meridiana axis, an area popularly known as the Bosquet de les Glòries.
The proposal suggests a platform (or commercial square) which continues on several levels as an ideal surface for all commercial activities. By folding the platform, the different levels of the street are reconciled, understanding the market as a large, covered square, capable of instilling activity in all parts of the program.
The roof, the main element of urban recognition, protects commercial activities while becoming a mechanism for reflection of the city towards the interior of the market. Each structural module will have different inclinations to reflect light, atmosphere and landscape.
Barcelona’s Encants is a century-old market traditionally organised in the open air. The main objective is to maintain this open and street market character. The limited size of the site for a commercial program of more than twice the surface is a strong condition. Its design tries to avoid the construction of different plants fleeing from the model of mall. To do this, a continuous commercial space is projected with slightly inclined planes that intertwine in a loop that generates a route between the commercial stalls in an experience similar to that of walking on a pedestrian street. By folding the floors, the different levels of the perimeter streets are reconciled, and the access levels are blurred throughout the market. The roof is a prominent landmark and protects users from the sun. Its lower face becomes a mechanism for reflection of the city towards the interior of the market.