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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
When you enter the Neichel, you don't become aware of the decoration, the light or the sound dampening in isolation: you get the impression of a whole that breathes well-being and predicts a good meal. Nothing is strident or brusque.
There is a harmony of greys and ochres, almost white greys and ochres with red dots. There are neither few nor many pieces of furniture, neither very small distances, nor "Grand Luxe" nor asceticism.
Once having crossed the entrance area, with the bar painted by Maria Girona, the style will have continuity at the tables. The dim light that enters through the small garden that opens in front of the restaurant is nuanced by the thick walls lined with wood. In the other corner, the service takes place, that is, the delivery and departure of dishes from the kitchen. It is the necessary way of gastronomic activity.
Once daytime is over, the restaurant seems to light up almost by magic at night. There are practically no points of light other than those presiding over each of the furniture-offices that separate the dining room from the service corridor.
The kitchens are the counterpoint to so much silence and perfection. A frenetic activity is bubbling there: it is the engine of every great establishment.
The Neichel restaurant won the FAD award for interior design in 1981.