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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 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:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

In Pictures

  • Rehabilitation and Remodelling of Vicens House as a Museum House

  • Rehabilitation and Remodelling of Vicens House as a Museum House

  • Rehabilitation and Remodelling of Vicens House as a Museum House

  • Rehabilitation and Remodelling of Vicens House as a Museum House

  • Rehabilitation and Remodelling of Vicens House as a Museum House

  • Rehabilitation and Remodelling of Vicens House as a Museum House

  • Rehabilitation and Remodelling of Vicens House as a Museum House

  • Rehabilitation and Remodelling of Vicens House as a Museum House

  • Rehabilitation and Remodelling of Vicens House as a Museum House

  • Rehabilitation and Remodelling of Vicens House as a Museum House

  • Rehabilitation and Remodelling of Vicens House as a Museum House

  • Rehabilitation and Remodelling of Vicens House as a Museum House

  • Rehabilitation and Remodelling of Vicens House as a Museum House

Memory

La rehabilitació de la Casa Vicens ha permès ressuscitar els elements arquitectònics existents i restituir els desapareguts, que s’han pogut reproduir a través de fotografies antigues. L’aproximació a la Casa Vicens s’ha fet amb respecte i amb una sana distància i independència. Treballant com un cirurgià, s’han substituït les parts que li faltaven a l’obra de la destacada personalitat de Gaudí amb noves incorporacions. En aquest procés ha estat important actuar amb la màxima precisió i sense por. Dissenyar una nova escala per adaptar-se a les normatives actuals i al mateix temps reemplaçar el fantasma de l’escala original de Gaudí ha estat un repte. Aquest singular element vertical, acompanyat d’un ascensor, ocupa el cor central de l’edifici i relaciona la casa d’estiueig de tres plantes, que Gaudí va construir el 1885 per a la família Vicens, amb el volum agregat el 1925 de l’arquitecte Serra de Martínez per a allotjar a tres famílies en tres plantes diferents. Els replans de l’escala condueixen a les dependències de la casa original, i el nou volum s’expandeix amb una figura poligonal dins l’ampliació del segle XX. L’escala emergeix a la coberta com un nou volum de geometria complementària a l’estil morisc de la casa. La Casa Vicens ha passat d’albergar vides privades a tenir ara un ús públic, en convertir-se en casa museu.

Author: Martínez Lapeña-Torres Arquitectos

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