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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
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The park is the backbone of the various housing complexes that make up Diagonal Mar. It organises the huge plot, a few blocks long, that forms the group of housing complexes that Diagonal Mar constitutes by means of a counterdiagonal perpendicular to Diagonal Avenue, as a reserve of space that connects the buildings rear with the sea, across the plot, by means of a bridge that has not yet been built.
Groundwater (already present on the ground) is the park's guiding thread. The entire northern part, up to Taulat Street, is arranged around a lake with an irregular outline, on several levels and with waterfalls between them that oxygenate the water and prevent it from oxidising.
Fountains with an almost calligraphic design, consisting of galvanised metal profiles folded in on themselves in an almost vegetal grouping, spray water and make the northern beginning of the park unique, as well as its contact with Diagonal.
The park presents a series of circuits for pedestrians at various speeds, like walks, which allow you to enjoy the free space it creates.
The most prominent feature consists of exuberant vegetation, mostly native, which includes more than 35 different species of trees and an enormous variety of carpeting shrub species, some of which are within the lake itself. Pergolas of a unique design contribute to shading the living and playing areas, by means of low-height vegetation (such as vines and asparagus) that grows on metal mesh and forms natural umbrellas over the heads of the users.
The fences of the park are not arranged around the perimeter of the park but create pockets that tend to confuse the inside and the outside, passing through the middle of the flowerbeds and leaving parts of the park outside, on the street.
The complex is very pleasant to stroll through, colourful and sensual in the tradition of the best modernist parks in Catalonia. It is very different from the rest of the parks designed in the country in recent years.
Diagonal Mar Parc is a large park that stretches between Avinguda Diagonal and the beach.
Diagonal Mar Parc is organised following a series of paths, something similar to the branches of a tree, branching off in all directions.
The main promenade, a kind of Rambla, directly connects Diagonal with the nearby beach, crossing the Cinturó Litoral through a pedestrian bridge, soon to be built.
In turn, this pass, like the rest of the paths that cross the park, are transformed into a series of playgrounds: for skating, train toys, bicycles, etc.
Take a walk
The main promenade follows the edge of a large lake, which perhaps together with the wooded surface are what give the park its character.
It is a large surface of water in which different sources, a waterfall and the vegetation on the edges allow the water to be oxygenated, so that it is a place for recreation, small boats, water games, etc.
The presence of water characterises the vegetation of the area. In a nutshell, the vegetation develops following the character of wetlands near the sea and the lake, to grow in height and density until reaching the adjacent streets.
The arrival of vegetation and paths at the edges of the park form a series of small squares.
In these places, a series of large ceramic vessels join the existing vegetation, in a kind of garden of a house, with benches, pergolas, bar...