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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Poblenou district is part of the industrial expansion of Barcelona, which began at the end of the 19th century and developed around the railway line that connected Barcelona and Mataró.
The land, made up of demolition material, was occupied by the freight station, the railway tracks, marginal buildings, playgrounds and various elements of the city's general infrastructure system.
The action seeks the articulation on these resident spaces of a set of public spaces and sports and cultural facilities, such as the Mar Bella Pavilion, an athletics track and a nautical base that occupy the existing area between the cemetery, the original core of the neighbourhood and Mar Bella beach.
The management plan for the sea front foresees two sectors, Vila Olímpica and Parc de Mar, in which the relationship between the urban façade, trunk and sides of the coastal belt, green spaces and public facilities is different.
The Poblenou sports and leisure complex is the meeting point between both sectors.
The transition between the neighbourhood and the beach, the continuity between the promenade of Vila Olímpica and that of Mar Bella, the typical landscape of similar areas in other places on the coast, the native vegetation and the recovery of the old extension of railways and the industrial memory of the railway and the ship. These are the themes that mark the origin of the project.
The park is shaped by a sequence of dunes that is fixed by the pine forest and that extends from Mar Bella beach towards the neighbourhood.
Masses of bushes appear inside the forest. Along the perimeter, riparian trees create the visual boundaries of the park. The structure of the pedestrian routes is a mesh formed by the projection of the streets of Poblenou towards the beach and by curvilinear paths that cross the park longitudinally. The old extension of railway tracks supports intensive use activities while establishing the connection between Poblenou and Vila Olímpica.