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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Sant Antoni Market building, built according to a project by the architect Antoni Rovira i Trias and the engineer Josep M. Cornet i Mas, in 1882, is one of the most emblematic public buildings in Barcelona’s Eixample neighbourhood. It occupies an entire island and is organised in the shape of a Greek cross, reproducing in geometry and dimension the layout of the Eixample alignments.
The cover. Over the years it had disfigured the original roof, replacing the tile with fiber-cement slabs. The project has recovered its two-tone ceramic tile finish, placed on wooden panels. The original wooden support straps have also been maintained where possible. Skylights have been redone on units that were once blinded.
The walls. The existence of an underground part of the bastion of Sant Antoni, and the corresponding escarpment, have been decisive elements in the final drafting of the project. It is proposed the complete the maintenance of the existing part of the bastion and the almost complete maintenance of the escarpment, making it possible to understand and revive the space of the moat of the wall. These pre-existences have been incorporated into the project as an opportunity to increase the public interest of the whole.
Three Markets. The proposal to organise the functional program of the Market is to make possible, for the first time, the cohabitation of the two markets (Fresh Market and Charm Market), inside, without disturbing each other. The proposed layout of the stops respects the central axes that allow us to perceive the full dimension of the diagonal of the island. On the outside, the Sunday Market is located under pergolas located on the perimeter of the island.
The section. The building shows the ability to interrelate the different uses it contains. In basement floors, the heights are combined to achieve a higher gauge in the loading and unloading area. A first basement is dedicated to the new commercial uses, civic centre and museum.