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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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

  • Renovation of the Façade of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

  • Renovation of the Façade of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

  • Renovation of the Façade of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

  • Renovation of the Façade of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

  • Renovation of the Façade of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

  • Renovation of the Façade of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

  • Renovation of the Façade of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

  • Renovation of the Façade of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

Memory

La proposta és una reinterpretació del projecte original d'en Xavier Busquets de l'any 1962 i que forma part del llegat de l'arquitectura moderna catalana. Consisteix en mantenir i reforçar allò que era més substancial a la proposta original; que era la tensió que s'establia entre la plataforma monumental del cos baix trapezoïdal amb els esgrafiats de Picasso i el cos amb alçada, retirat, de les plantes d'oficines. Reforçant la neutralitat del fons, es valora més el basament d'en Picasso. Es recupera, en definitiva, l'esperit del projecte original introduint algunes modificacions com ara el canvi de tipus d'obertura de les finestres, passant de lliscants i batents originals, a unes oscil·lobatents i a la supressió de l'acabat del coronament de l'edifici amb un aplacat amb gresite estenent el vidre de la façana fins al coronament superior, com ja apareixia a la maqueta que Busquets havia presentat al concurs de l'any 1958. S'optà doncs per una fidelitat critica del projecte original en comptes d'una proposta alternativa com podria ser proposar una segona pell o el canvi de l'especejament del mur cortina de la façana en benefici d'una major transparència. S'ha procurat millorar les prestacions de la nova façana tant en la qualitat dels materials i detalls constructius com en l'eficiència energètica del conjunt. En aquest sentit, s'ha incorporat en el panell dels ampits, un vidre fotovoltaic amb tecnologia CIGS, amb una serigrafia de petits punts blancs de manera que es matisi l'impacte del negre al gris i s'integri millor al conjunt de la façana.

Author: Fuses-Viader Arquitectes

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