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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque
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2019-2024 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2024 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2024 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Helena Cepeda Inès Martinel Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

 

Arxiu Mas

 

Basílica de la Sagrada Família

 

Museu del Disseny de Barcelona

 

EINA Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona

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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.

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The building is made up of two parts which correspond to its different functions: a lower one which is semi-underground and made of exposed concrete, and the other is spherical and made of glass, floating in the landscape.
Taking advantage of the unevenness of the plot, the lower platform contains the logistics warehouse, the car park, the showroom, the auditorium, the theatre, a presentation room and the facilities. All these environments need darkness to be able to experience and expose the artificial light.
The upper surface of the platform is a wired outdoor technical floor, made up of a series of movable panels of different finishes, which allow the necessary flexibility to be able to set up various configurations of the outdoor showroom. Above the platform, the most representative part of the complex emerges in a dynamic balance, with a spherical shape. The offices, management offices and research areas are located there.
The office building is built around a patio that develops as a complex structural system made up of five metal structures. When reaching the top, this pillar is joined by traction cables with ten other vertical elements that hold the building's perimeter.

Author: Josep Miàs i Gifré

The new Spanish headquarters of iGuzzini Illuminazione España SA, a leading Italian company in design lighting, is located next to the road crossing of the AP-7 and C-16 roads, in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, within the municipality of Sant Cugat del Vallès.

The building is composed of two parts which correspond to their different functions: one of them is low, extensive, semi-subterranean and without natural light, wrapped in exposed concrete, while the other spherical and made of glass, floating in the landscape.

Taking advantage of the unevenness of the plot, the lower platform contains the logistics warehouse, the car park, the showroom, the auditorium, the theatre, a presentation room and the facilities. All these environments need darkness, to be able to experience and expose the artificial light.

The upper surface of the platform is a wired outdoor technical floor made up of a series of movable panels of different finishes, which allow the necessary flexibility to be able to set up various configurations of the outdoor showroom. Above the platform, in precarious dynamic balance, the most representative part of the complex emerges, with a deformed spherical shape. It houses the offices, management offices and research areas.

The office building is built around a patio in which a complex structural system is developed consisting of five metal posts. When reaching the top, this reticulated pillar is joined by traction cables with ten other vertical traction elements that collect the outer limit of the slabs. In this way, the entire building is "hung" from this single central pillar. The double façade, towards the outside, and towards the inner courtyard, completely glazed and made up of steel carpentry and solar protection glass, allows you to see the outside environment in 360 degrees. The glass surface is covered with a sun protector formed by a three-dimensional metallic structure over which the Stamisol F381 fabric is stretched, which at the same time reflects the radiation on its outer face and allows extreme visual permeability. This light façade construction system, which disappears in the north section, as it is not necessary, adapts perfectly to the geometry of the building, appearing only in the areas of the sphere (zenith, south, east and west) only caused by solar radiation.

During the day, from the outside, the building appears as an opaque cap, which, on the one hand, reflects the sky, and on the other, on the textile façade, draws a dotted spherical profile. From the interior, on the other hand, the perception is diametrically opposed, as the space becomes a continuous interior-exterior. During the night, these qualities are reversed. Thanks to the light, the spherical building is transformed into a luminous element that shows its interior, perceptible from the outside of the carriageways that surround it.

Author: Josep Miàs i Gifré

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