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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Parish Church of Crist Redemptor is a building annexed to an old parish complex in a popular neighbourhood of Barcelona. It is placed on one side of the existing rooms, delimiting, at the rear, a small interior patio that allows light to enter certain parts of the chapel while at the same time generating a communication space between the old and the new church.
In fitting it into the site, the team of architects decided to set the built volume back a few metres with respect to the alignment of the street to give more space to the passer-by, through a square that refers to the traditional squares of the towns, in which the parishioners gathered after mass. Although this space is currently closed when events are not held in the chapel, it allows the neighbours, accustomed to the winding, small and sloping streets of the neighbourhood, to take a break. A flat square, raised a few metres from the ground to separate itself from noise and daily walking, a meeting place with benches and masonry walls.
The plant is built in a single nave, of an industrial nature, with a porticoed structure in the form of triangulated wooden trusses. The façades and walls are made of traditional earth-coloured brick and the steel finishes, as well as the pillars that support a concrete beam on one side of the chapel, are painted reddish. These sought-after tones provide visual homogeneity to the space.
The roof is sloping to two waters. The finish is carried out with ceramic tile, as it is a local material and in accordance with the materials of the church as a whole. Exceptionally, and to provide overhead light to the interior space, strips of transparent tiles are placed in the centre of the roof to allow light to enter. The entire assembly rests on a wooden board and is insulated with a layer of fiberglass.
It is a church attached to an existing parish complex, located in a uniform urban plot of closed squares. The main concern was to properly locate the building so that it was integrated into its environment but, at the same time, meant as an element of a public nature. The continuous building was interrupted and the church was removed from the alignments to leave a small entrance courtyard, which articulated it with the neighbouring residential blocks and with the existing parish dependencies.
The interior is a clear and easily readable space, without theatricalities or functional specifications, with a structure of wooden trusses as the only characteristic element, which retains some reminiscences of ecclesial typologies, while being expressed according to the traditional forms of the simpler industrial buildings.