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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
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This market was inaugurated in 1888 in an area of expansion in the Eixample district. The author of the building is f the architect Antoni Rovira i Trias, and it is a sample of the technological possibilities of the moment: the standardisation and repetition of structural elements of iron and glass.
The remodeling of the spaces and the structure is carried out in a building that has been left between partitions in an already consolidated urban area, facing one of the busiest roads in the city. With the rehabilitation, a careful and respectful modernisation of a space in use is sought, in accordance with current spatial and social needs.
Rovira i Trias thought of the market as the centre of a fabric that had to collect a series of commercial activities. This idea, which was lost over time, is resumed by returning the original transparency and permeability with this intervention. Glass walls are recovered and incorporated on the two façades of the building and the iron structure and the ceramic roof tiles are remodeled. Two basements are built for parking and for loading and unloading.
The refurbishment had to be able to reactivate the block and its commercial function in the neighbourhood. Time seems to confirm this process and the recovery of the market as an element of urban cohesion. The project was also concerned with communicating the building with the contemporary city by improving access and the equipment's ability to act as a public and central space. This confirmation is reiterated 10 years after the completion of the renovation of the market, when the project received the Decade Award in 2008 as the best building built in Barcelona in 1998.
PINEARQ, Albert de Pineda i Álvarez