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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Plug-in building is located at the beginning of Pere IV Street, in the 22 @ area of Barcelona. The blocks designed by Ildefons Cerdà, and initially occupied by workshops, industries and some residential blocks, have been partially demolished, maintaining only those buildings that, due to their architectural singularity, deserved to be preserved. New office, residential, hotel and service buildings have occupied the empty spaces between which they have been preserved. The irregularity of the block also makes it possible to make sense of the crossing through the building from one street to another. For this reason, the building is organised from an optimal crux for the use of offices, resulting in three crossed volumes, from Pere IV Street to Pujades Street. The final volume is that of a fragmented building with vertical spaces between the volumes, the streets-courtyards, which give spatial complexity as well as communication and access.
The 22 @ area in Barcelona’s Poble Nou district has been gradually transformed. The blocks designed by Idelfons Cerdà, and initially occupied by workshops, industries and some residential blocks, have been partially demolished, maintaining only those buildings that, due to their architectural uniqueness, deserved to be preserved. New office, residential, hotel and service buildings have been occupying the empty spaces among which they have been preserved.
The plot is located between Pere IV Street, one of the old streets that does not obey the orthogonal logic of the Cerdà Plan because it is a historic path, Pujades Street, and Pamplona Street. This irregular block keeps track of the old plot in relation to Pere IV Street and organises the existing buildings, some of which will be demolished to build the new building.
Of the total built area of the island, only the space destined for the new building will be removed, preserving the residential buildings on the shorter side of the block, and the industrial building facing Pamplona Street, the destination will be equipment public.
The project proposes to reconstruct this plot in some way, recovering its geometry that obeys the orientation of Pere IV Street, and building volumes that follow these traces. The irregularity of the block also makes it possible to make sense of the crossing through the block from one street to another, and through the building.