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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
Montse and Joan's house needed repairs. The façades and roofs had cracks through which water and cold entered.
Taking advantage of the repair, Montse and Joan wanted to extend their house towards the patio...
…. by adding some extensions that would allow to make the living room bigger on ground floor, as well as the largest room on the first floor.
(transforming the house)
The relationship between the house and the patio-garden was bad, through small doors and windows….
We chose to demolish and shingle façades instead of repairing them and replacing them with large openings that would allow the garden to enter the house.
We introduced the light obtained deep inside by also flashing the wall that separated the living room and the kitchen behind it.
We wanted to build the extensiones without covering the light. We did it with a galvanised steel structure that supports and collects water at the same time. We closed with corrugated polycarbonate on the roofs and methacrylate on the galvanized steel sliding frames. A shade mesh used in the greenhouses on the roof and some curtains on the facade, allow the greenhouse to be converted into an umbracle.
We took advantage of the existing bathroom parts on the outside to hide the sliders of the extensions and the aluminum joinery. The house and the yard are now one space.
The greenhouse advance makes it possible to extend outdoor life beyond the summer.
The garden has gone from being isolated from the house, to being the background landscape of Joan and Montse's life, who are now fans of plants and flowers. Now they are starting to plant tomatoes and lettuce...