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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
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The L'Escorxador Park is the result of a competition of ideas called in 1981 by the Barcelona City Council to develop the land freed from the former general slaughterhouse of Barcelona. In the mid 60's it was moved out of town. It is located on the western limit of the Eixample Cerdà and occupies an area of six hectares, equivalent to four blocks of the Cerdà plot.
The consideration of "free space with fundamentally urban space", defined by a built envelope, exerts different tensions on each of the limits that make up the plot occupied by the new park. This built envelope is formed by the plot of the old suburban core of Sants and the three incomplete façades of the Eixample Cerdà, and, although its occupation is perfectly planned, the same doesn’t happen in the definition of the architectural façade in front of the park.
The refusal to offer a façade from the park motivates a collapse of the interior level of these, two metres below the street level. Just along Vilamarí Street and opposite the axis of Consell de Cent Street, a ground-floor building appears, arranged in the form of pavilions with roofs at different levels and porches that open onto the park. This building is in the middle of a linear lake between the forest and the sidewalk of Vilamarí Street.
The park, as a metaphor for the city, also offers a reading through its changes in section, which adapt to the topography of the site, organised in terraces: the highest one houses Miró's monumental sculpture. In between, a series of spaces for sports and social activities unfold accompanied by a regular grid of palm trees. In the lower part, a series of irregularly planted pines create a succession of quiet and intimate spaces.
Set Parc de l'Escorxador / Parc de Joan Miró