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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
This is a corporate office building located on a trapezoidal lot registered as part of the actions planned for the 22@ sector of Barcelona. The total built surface is 10,375 m and consists of a ground floor and 12 additional floors. The ones located above ground are destined for offices, and on the floors below ground level we can find the parking lot for up to 40 vehicles and the technical rooms, for private use. The formation of a high-rise building on a more solid and compact piece of plinth is proposed, with a ground floor and two floors, aligned with Tànger Street. The emergent piece, with a rhomboid plan, follows the outline of the chamfer, without mimetically reproducing it, to reinforce the slender and complex appearance of the resulting volume. The 10-storey tower is separated from the plinth by the technical floor, set back from the façade plan, in such a way that it "floats" on the base, providing it with lightness.
As it is a corporate building, diaphanous floors are considered, although the possibility that in the future the floors could be divided into different units is being studied. The façade is made up of stainless-steel metal fabric panels that act as perimeter solar protection (with a shadow coefficient of 50%) for the interior of the building, and at the same time they provide lightness to the whole building. A quarter of these panels have a stamp in the shape of a sphere of 90 cm in diameter made by embossing. These are placed in two positions at the height of the panel, folding both inwards and outwards.