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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
On January 31, 1994, a fire broke out in the theatre which completely burned down all the stage and hall facilities.
The next day, the GTL Consortium Plenary agreed to rebuild the theatre on the same site as required by the 1993 Special Plan.
The Reconstruction and Expansion of the Liceu Theatre introduced the tension between "Innovation" and "Memory" as a central notion, taking into account the parameters of contemporary opera houses as basic objectives: "the technical elements, safety and comfort, and architecture".
Priority was given to the decision to rebuild, as it was and where it was, the audience hall as it enjoyed a very strong spatial unity and visual breadth, a fact recognised among European opera houses.
The new building arises from the desire to preserve the memory of one of the most emblematic institutions of the city after the fire that broke out in 1994, which destroyed the entire theatre except for a few small outbuildings: the Mirror Room, the hall on the Rambla, the entrance porches and the steps. The new project chooses to rebuild the great hall faithfully to the original, and to adopt technological and compositional criteria of modernity to provide the new theatre with the necessary infrastructures and services for an up-to-date operation. The new building eventually occupies 70 percent of the entire new building. The new roof bell tower integrates the stage tower and the large hall into a single volume, which indicates the old orientation of the theatre inside the site in accordance with the criteria for the use of the original project.