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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
This is a comprehensive rehabilitation and remodeling of a 16th century palace, historically owned by the Solferino-Centelles family, until its acquisition by the Generalitat de Catalunya. The Solferino Palace was ceded to the Generalitat de Catalunya in 1982. In the Archives of the Crown of Aragon, family documentation was found from the 16th century and in it originally belonged to the Centelles family, which is the reason why its name was restored.
The building was very abandoned except for the rooms on the first floor, and it had additions in height with rooms for the service. They proceeded to demolish all the added constructions and found a loggia on the second floor, proceeding to its recovery. The Gothic courtyard had undergone an addition in the 19th century consisting of a gallery that joined the two wings of the courtyard at the level of the second floor made with two very slender columns.
In the first phase, the Advisory Council was installed on the second floor of the building and the large carpeting was restored. The restored loggia illuminated the old library.
The halls were later restored and it was proposed to create an access from Sant Miquel Square for the services of the Cartographic Institute of Catalonia, recovering the Roman thistle pavement that was inside, bordering the new Sant Miquel Square.
A large recess absorbing the former openings of an existing ground floor draper's warehouse was studied. The head architect of the then President of the Generalitat, Mr. Jordi Pujol, preferred to invent false Plateresque windows because the official technicians found the Italian interventions excessively modern.