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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 area covered by this project was practically empty without any special significance and without any urban order. It corresponds to a hill that had been partially occupied by the industrial exploitation of a quarry. This empty and abandoned space seemed very suitable to project a public park in the La Teixonera neighbourhood, which is close by. To do this, it was necessary to specify some areas for collective use and to draw good lines of communication between the neighbourhood and the park. The transformation of the large hole left by the quarry is based on two ideas: adapting the northern slopes of the land, with a special but slight reforestation, between winding paths that mark spaces enabled for neighbourhood use, and to emphasise theatrically the central part, that is the deepest and the one that maintains more topographic memories of the establishment. This sector is integrated into the urban landscape with a lake on two levels which, in addition to offering various leisure and sports opportunities, is a very suitable setting for a large sculpture by Chillida to mark the compositional centre, rhetorically reflected in the water. The park has two access lines, from the north and from the south. An itinerary that allows you to contemplate the complex geography of the environment and communicate directly with the public space with the two nearest neighbourhood units, so that the activities that the park's own design predisposes are ensured.