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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
To visit the abandoned building of the former Pau i Justícia Cooperative to do the contest meant entering a time tunnel, which took us to the moment when it was used as a meeting place, a small theatre, a social room and for parties. It still retained much of the decoration on walls, ceilings and floors, which helped us understand the different occupations that the building had had: hydraulic mosaic floors, wooden carpentry with stained glass, cornices and rose windows in the rooms... they all define large spaces, unusual for Barcelona if we weren’t in an area of the city with an industrial past. The state of physical decay in which we found this building interested us, but not because we wanted to return it to its original state; instead, we intended to bring this ruin forward, and make it participate, with its unfinished character and overlapping styles and eras, in a new reality that can continue to be updated on it. Thus, the project recovers a building present in the collective memory of this neighbourhood, maintaining its spirit so that it is naturally reincorporated into its cultural dynamics and where the neighbours, many of them former cooperative members, are recognised in it. Therefore, when we started working, we made an inventory of everything that could be recovered from the building and which we relocated in different places and in a different way to where they were originally located. These elements - floors, windows, doors, wooden stairs, moldings and rose windows - return to the building in an operation of recovery, adaptation and re-use.