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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Barcelona City Council complex is made up of three buildings. The ancient building, six centuries old, is a veritable treatise on the history of the city and the different architectural styles, from Gothic to modernism. The so-called "new" building was built on the international exhibition of 1928. The so-called "newest" building, designed in 1958, is a controversial high-rise building in the heart of the city's historic centre. The administrative decentralisation of the town hall has made the approach of a general remodeling possible. The urban objectives set out are to recover the historical dimension of Sant Miquel Square. The dignification of this abused space is sought through the following actions: the search for a new location for the car park in the square, the display of the Roman ruins underground and the reduction of the height of the brand-new building. The aim is to establish an urban autonomy between the three buildings and a skyline more suitable to the plot of Ciutat Vella.
The functional objectives of the set are to enhance the permeability of the buildings for urban use. Access to all three buildings is provided from a single entrance hall. It is proposed to improve the connection between the three buildings, making the labyrinthine character and the architectural barriers disappear. Finally, a location has been sought for the new meeting room: more comfortable, well equipped, and with more capacity. The architectural proposals proposed in the remodeling start from a general sponging of the buildings, from the elimination of additions and corners produced by the indiscriminate accumulation of uses. In the historic building, we want to highlight the uniqueness of the Saló de Cent, making the whole complex more understandable.
The new vertical circulation of the old building allows the understanding of all the floors of the building and, at the same time, works as an access door to the new building, starting from the new axis (Sant Jaume Square), the old building and the new building. The recovery of the functionality and urbanity of the entrance of new and brand-new buildings is achieved through the appearance of a large access loggia for outdoor activities.
Manuel Brullet i Tenas, Albert de Pineda i Álvarez