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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 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 German pavilion represents a new way of conceiving space, and it is completely different from the traditional one and consistent with the possibilities offered by the new metal pillar structures. Mies takes this constructive innovation to the limit of its visual possibilities, allowing the enclosing walls to be freely distributed throughout the floor plan. Another remarkable aspect of the pavilion is the selection of high-quality materials and very intense colours, as well as the introduction of two sheets of water in the exterior spaces.
Bruno Zevi carries out an investigation where he aesthetically places the architecture of the pavilion within neo-plasticism, an anti-classical movement which Mies belonged to. The dynamism of the horizontal and vertical planes of the pavilion clearly responds to the aesthetic principles of this avant-garde movement and is clearly opposed to the static conception of Greco-Roman art. The pavilion should be read as a manifesto that will determine all of Mies's latter architecture and will influence successive generations of modern architects. However, the Catalan architects of the Republic had already taken sides with Le Corbusier and the CIAM, and the influence of Mies would have to wait until the 1950s.
Contrary to general opinion, this pavilion should also be read as a new housing prototype that Mies has successively presented at different international exhibitions: the Glasraum in Stuttgart, 1927; the German Pavilion in Barcelona, 1929; and the House for a Bachelor in Berlin, 1931. All of them are variations of a new typology of courtyard houses.
In the 1950s, Oriol Bohigas contacted Mies van der Rohe to rebuild the Barcelona pavilion. Mies gave his consent and was willing to carry it out personally; however, he did not authorise the reconstruction of the monument to Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg because he did not respect the original location. Ignasi de Solà-Morales, Fernando Ramos and Cristián Cirici completed the reconstruction in 1986, on the centenary of Mies' birth.
Cristian Cirici i Alomar, Fernando Juan Ramos Galino, Ignasi de Solà-Morales i Rubió