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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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2019-2023 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2023 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:

2019-2023 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Helena Cepeda Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

 

Arxiu Mas

 

Basílica de la Sagrada Família

 

Museu del Disseny de Barcelona

 

EINA Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona

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The building was carried out during the GATCPAC era, although the architect preferred to follow other models of the Modern Movement, such as German expressionism led by Erich Mendelsohn. It originally consisted of a ground floor, two floors and an attic that contained the home of Dr. Barraquer. The first phase was completed in 1941, with the same distribution as it currently has. In the 1950s the second phase was built on Laforja Street and in 1971 an extension of three floors (including the existing attic) was carried out, with a mimetic conception that does not alter the general configuration of the building.

The plan is organised around two central courtyards that illuminate the meeting rooms from above, and the façades have a markedly rationalist character defined by the overlapping of continuous windows. When making the extension, the structure had to be reinforced with exterior metal pillars that introduce a vertical counterpoint to the façade. The corner is resolved with a curve that was originally topped by a circular volume tangent to the plane of the façade and which disappeared when the extension was made, which has diminished the expressionist character of the building. The interiors are Art Deco.

Author: Xavier Llobet i Ribeiro

Source: DOCOMOMO Ibérico

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  1. Ophtalmology Clinic Barraquer

    Joaquim Lloret Homs

    Ophtalmology Clinic Barraquer

    The building was built during the GATCPAC era, although the architect preferred to follow other models of the Modern Movement, such as the German expressionism led by Erich Mendelsohn. Originally it was made up of a ground floor, two floors and an attic that contained Dr. Barraquer's home. The first phase was completed in 1941, with the same layout as it currently has. In the 1950s, the second phase was built on Laforja Street and in 1971 an extension with three floors (including the existing attic) was carried out, with a mimetic conception that did not alter the general configuration of the building. The floor plan is organised around two central patios that illuminate the meeting rooms from above, and the façades have a markedly rationalist character defined by the overlapping of continuous windows. When making the extension, the structure had to be reinforced with exterior metal pillars that introduce a vertical counterpoint in the façade. The corner is resolved with a curve that was originally topped by a circular volume tangent to the plane of the façade and that disappeared when the extension was made, which has diminished the expressionist character of the building. The interiors are art déco.
  2. Expansion of the Barraquer Ophthalmological Clinic

    Joaquim Lloret Homs

    Expansion of the Barraquer Ophthalmological Clinic

    The building was built during the GATCPAC era, although the architect preferred to follow other models of the Modern Movement, such as German expressionism, led by Erich Mendelsohn. Originally, it was made up of a ground floor, two floors and an attic that contained Dr. Barraquer's home. The first phase was completed in 1941, with the same layout as it currently has. In the 1950s, the second phase was built on Laforja Street, and in 1971 an extension with three floors (including the existing attic) was carried out, with a mimetic conception that did not alter the general configuration of the building. The floor plan is organised around two central patios that illuminate the meeting rooms from above, and the façades have a markedly rationalist character defined by the overlapping of continuous windows. When making the extension, the structure had to be reinforced with exterior metal pillars that introduce a vertical counterpoint in the façade. The corner is resolved with a curve that was originally topped by a circular volume tangent to the plane of the façade and that disappeared when the extension was made, which has diminished the expressionist character of the building. The interiors are Art Déco.
  3. Refursbishment of the Barraquer Ophthalmological Clinic

    Salvador Capella

    Refursbishment of the Barraquer Ophthalmological Clinic

    The building was carried out during the GATCPAC era, although the architect preferred to follow other models of the Modern Movement, such as German expressionism led by Erich Mendelsohn. It originally consisted of a ground floor, two floors and an attic that contained the home of Dr. Barraquer. The first phase was completed in 1941, with the same distribution as it currently has. In the 1950s the second phase was built on Laforja Street and in 1971 an extension of three floors (including the existing attic) was carried out, with a mimetic conception that does not alter the general configuration of the building. The plan is organised around two central courtyards that illuminate the meeting rooms from above, and the façades have a markedly rationalist character defined by the overlapping of continuous windows. When making the extension, the structure had to be reinforced with exterior metal pillars that introduce a vertical counterpoint to the façade. The corner is resolved with a curve that was originally topped by a circular volume tangent to the plane of the façade and which disappeared when the extension was made, which has diminished the expressionist character of the building. The interiors are Art Deco.