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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 program to expand the headquarters of El Noticiero Universal had to go back in the first instance to a lower body, located on the same site as the current building. In the final solution of the enlarged part, which takes up an entire body built between partitions with its own façade, Sostres takes the first houses built in the Eixample as a reference, with very flat façades and an order of openings that form horizontal continuities. The façade of El Noticiero Universal is a completely smooth plan in which the vertical order of the openings follows the alignments of the neighbouring building on the north side, which is also part of the newspaper's premises. In this façade, Sostres combines the solutions of purism with a very rigorous reflection on the most essential features of the Eixample architecture, referring to its origins and linking the urban spirit of Cerdà to the new freedoms of arrangement offered by modern architecture.
Building between partitions that replaces a previous building which followed historicist lines and that has been used as an example regarding intervention projects in Barcelona's Eixample. Here, some compositional criteria that belong to the façades of the Eixample are combined with the orthodoxy of the Modern Movement.
This building poses a radical situation in the conception of the interior spaces and can be defined as a container, with a flat façade and completely open floors where the distributions can be modified as needed. This is possible thanks to the fact that it is an extension of the neighbouring building and it is not necessary to build any other vertical communication core.
The façade consists of a clad white stone wall the openings of which maintain the same vertical proportion as the traditional balcony windows that surround it. The large number of windows allows great lighting inside without having to resort to the use of landscape windows or curtain walls. This façade reflects the height of the floors, which progressively decreases because they must adapt to the heights of the existing building.