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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
The Royal Mint of the Crown of Aragon in Barcelona "La Seca" - from the Arabic word sekka: "place where money is made" - operated from 1441 to 1849 and was located in several buildings grouped on the same block of houses in the Ribera district of Barcelona.
Remains of the 13th and 14th centuries have been preserved in the complex, although the main structures date from the 17th century, with important alterations in the 18th and 19th centuries.
When the factory fell into disrepair, the building underwent multiple modifications and was segregated into multiple properties.
The refurbishment of part of these buildings that formed La Seca has been carried out in several phases to accommodate the Espai Escènic Brossa (La Seca-1) on the one hand and the Fundació Brossa on the other (La Seca-2), maintaining the uses differentiated but linked and compatible and that in the last interventions have been joined and connected through the inner spaces and the exteriors to become a single cultural centre in a future.
The fit of these cultural facilities in the existing historical buildings has been considered maintaining the typology, the structures and the main constructive elements and respecting the interventions that it has undergone over time, without prioritising any of them, and completing them with the construction of new specific elements such as a new staircase, a bridge body or the creation of a new inner courtyard, so that the end result of the sum of history and contemporaneity allows a good use of the whole, which becomes a series of connected interior open spaces that are illuminated and also connected through the exterior courtyards.