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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
We kindly invite you to help us improve the dissemination of Catalan architecture through this space. Here you can propose works and provide or amend information on authors, photographers and their work, along with adding comments. The Documentary Commission will analyze all data. Please do only fill in the fields you deem necessary to add or amend the information.
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 remodeling of Fossar de les Moreres gives and restores the symbolic character of a memorial to the events of 1714 in the space adjacent to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, full of historical connotations and which recently had a residual character.
The new configuration of the site allows both daily and neighbourhood public use of the square and its symbolic significance.
The most significant elements that affect the project are the magnificent side façade of Santa Maria del Mar and Malcuinat Street, located on the opposite façade of the square and perpendicular to the façade of the church. The virtual axis of this street, which connects Pla de Palau with Santa Maria del Mar, becomes the basic guideline of the project.
The physical framework of the memorial is confined to the intervention in the interior surface defined by the polygonal limit of the existing pavement, which collects it as a recent trace of the history of the Fossar. The symbolic character given to the place is achieved with the topographical manipulation of this surface.
At the border of the square with Santa Maria Square, a stone 30 m long and 60 cm high determines access to the interior of the square at both ends, protects the space from street traffic and it provides it with a calmer nature.