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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque
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Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2022 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio
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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.

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The headquarters of the Civil Engineers' Association occupied an isolated single-family house on a very small plot located in the Les Tres Torres neighbourhood. The refurbishment and extension of the headquarters was considered with a requirement that conditioned the project in a decisive way. This was the construction of an event hall with a capacity for 150 people. Given the dimensions of the building to be extended and the plot, the only possible solution was to locate said room in the basement, occupying the subsoil of the front yard of the existing building. In order to functionally solve the accesses to the room and provide an adequate response to evacuation needs, the refurbishment and extension was designed by eliminating the staircase of the existing building. This was moved to the new building together with the elevator and the sanitary services on each floor. In this way, the old building was freed from vertical circulation, separating it into a main area on the ground floor, and the rest of the floors were destined for the offices. The exterior enclosures responded to an initial approach of respecting the existing building, maintaining the original plastering, painting and carpentry, except in the central part, where the radical modification required an aluminum treatment. The new building was completed with exposed work of pressed ingots held together with lime mortar. The materials chosen were travertine marble in the new area, Iroko wood nailed parquet flooring in the main areas and synthetic PVC in the offices. The structure of the underground assembly hall was solved by means of a reinforced concrete vault supported by the lateral earth retaining walls. The vault was made of exposed concrete using reed planks for the formwork.

Author: Sergi Godia i Fran

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