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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
Designing a showroom for a construction company faces a main challenge: ensuring that the resulting space is not a display of unrelated materials. On the other hand, the main objective of the construction company is obviously to show the largest range of products and possible solutions to their future customers.
The objective of the Oak Showroom project has therefore been to manage to show all these materials and, even more importantly, to create an atmosphere that allows future customers to understand not so much what the materials could be for the reform of their home, but what atmosphere they could get.
The showroom space is divided into areas of interest to the construction company: kitchens, bathrooms, floors, etc. But the space has been unified by means of an envelope of wooden slats and a longitudinal wardrobe that unifies the perimeter and helps with storage, so that the feeling is that of being in a real home, with its kitchen, bathroom, room and an office space.
The premises where the project is located is divided into two spaces separated by the volume of vertical communications of the property.
This logic of division in two is not maintained in the renovation, but we try to expand the first space towards the back of the premises, by means of an extension of the floor, ceiling and side wall that accompanies the entire space.
In this way we achieve that in the same environment, determined by the same materials, we explain the options that can occur in relation to kitchens and bathrooms (the main sector of the construction company), but also in domestic and office spaces, integrating the company's offices in the exhibition space, thus expanding the references and the possible range of business.
The deepest part of the room is darkened in black, so that through careful lighting and cubes that frame the different materials, solutions that serve as a basis for understanding the different types of reform can be exposed.