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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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Located in a plot on one of the Eixample’s corners, the program required the inclusion of a sports court, cultural facilities and a gym, so that all three uses could work simultaneously and independently. The building conforms to the shape of the bezel and supports the sports court, forming a central box that allows you to control the volume of the set through the stepped roof and the smaller bodies on the sides. The building reaches its maximum height at the corner, decreases towards the interior of the block and resolves the sides with low fences that protect the garden remains and the rear body of the library. This is an interpretation of the Eixample’s corner that compensates for the absence of openings with a delicate articulation of the volumes. The gym hangs from the roof, which ensures natural lighting and frees up space on the floor for the rest of the program.
The building starts from a stepped section where the weights are zenithally oriented in search of the northern light, all arranged according to the guidelines that the location and the urban planning suggest. The triangle of the site disappears internally transformed into a succession of rectangular strips, just leaving the perimeter of the initial shape, that is, the outside.
We don’t know if, because almost all buildings are asked for more than they already have, the response given to the location was enough; on the contrary, what interests us most about sports centres is their structure. It is a frame of drawer beams that support and embrace the entire building. The design of these elements generates cavities that serve to house the gyms and the natural lighting system. All this generating element of the roof is treated like a folded mantle of big steps. We start from the corner, the highest and most singular point of the project, to go down slowly and finish gently on the rear façade of Bogatell Avenue. From this street, the building shows a long low front that puts an end to the project and the urban operation of the vila Olímpica.