Intro

About

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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

  • Restoration of the La Seca Mint as Espai Escènic Brossa arts Centre

  • Restoration of the La Seca Mint as Espai Escènic Brossa arts Centre

  • Restoration of the La Seca Mint as Espai Escènic Brossa arts Centre

  • Restoration of the La Seca Mint as Espai Escènic Brossa arts Centre

  • Restoration of the La Seca Mint as Espai Escènic Brossa arts Centre

  • Restoration of the La Seca Mint as Espai Escènic Brossa arts Centre

  • Restoration of the La Seca Mint as Espai Escènic Brossa arts Centre

  • Restoration of the La Seca Mint as Espai Escènic Brossa arts Centre

  • Restoration of the La Seca Mint as Espai Escènic Brossa arts Centre

  • Restoration of the La Seca Mint as Espai Escènic Brossa arts Centre

  • Restoration of the La Seca Mint as Espai Escènic Brossa arts Centre

  • Restoration of the La Seca Mint as Espai Escènic Brossa arts Centre

  • Restoration of the La Seca Mint as Espai Escènic Brossa arts Centre

  • Restoration of the La Seca Mint as Espai Escènic Brossa arts Centre

  • Restoration of the La Seca Mint as Espai Escènic Brossa arts Centre

Memory

La Reial Fàbrica de Moneda de la Corona d’Aragó a Barcelona “La Seca” –del mot àrab sekka: “lloc on es fabrica moneda”- va funcionar del 1441 al 1849 i s’ubicava en diversos edificis agrupats en una mateixa illa de cases del barri de la Ribera de Barcelona. En el conjunt s’han conservat vestigis del segle XIII i XIV tot i que les principals estructures són del s. XVII, amb importants alteracions al s.XVIII i XIX. Quan la fàbrica va caure en desús l’edifici va patir de nou múltiples modificacions i va ser segregat en múltiples propietats. La rehabilitació de part d’aquests edificis que formaven la Seca s’ha executat en diverses fases per acollir l’Espai Escènic Brossa (La Seca-1) d'una banda i la Fundació Brossa de l’altra (La Seca-2), mantenint els usos diferenciats però vinculats i compatibles i que en les últimes intervencions s'han unit i connectat tant a través dels espais interiors com els exteriors per esdevenir un sol centre cultural en un futur. L’encaix d’aquests equipaments culturals en les edificacions històriques existents s’ha plantejat mantenint la tipologia, les estructures i els elements constructius principals i respectant les intervencions que ha sofert al llarg del temps, sense prioritzar-ne cap d’elles, i completant-les amb la construcció de nous elements puntuals tals com una nova escala, un cos pont o la creació d’un nou pati interior, de manera que el resultat final de la suma d’història i contemporaneïtat permeti un bon ús del conjunt, que esdevé un seguit d'espais diàfans interiors connectats que s'il.luminen i es connecten també a través dels patis exteriors.

Author: Meritxell Inaraja i Genís

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