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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2022 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:

2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio
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Memory

Ten years after the first intervention, the total relocation of the neighbouring church was achieved, which made possible our most important contribution to the monument: to grant a new façade to the Palau, completely opening the rich side courtyard of Domènech to the new square. He dreamt of an exempt building and we, a century later, made his dream come true. Just as on the north side of the square we had erected a building for the musicians (dressing rooms, library ...), on the south side we had erected one for the public and the music school. And under the new square a room for 540 spectators equipped with new technologies that the Palau needed so much.

Author: Oscar Tusquets Blanca

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  1. Palau de la Música Catalana

    Lluís Domènech i Montaner

    Palau de la Música Catalana

    The Palau de la Música project is linked to the opening of the Via Laietana, in which Domènech i Montaner himself was strongly involved, and to the founding of the Orfeó Català, in 1891, by the composer Lluís Millet. The Palace is located on the corner of two narrow streets, and the emphasis of the whole project is to penetrate the scant natural light into every corner of the interior through numerous polychrome partitions that recreate a dreamlike atmosphere. The large auditorium is located on the first floor and is accessed via a transverse staircase that divides the entire building into two parts and encourages the use of the ground floor for administrative functions. Domènech decides to treat the façades of the two streets with the same profusion, despite their unequal hierarchy, in a demonstration of his expertise in working in unfavorable locations. The exposed brickwork, the stone worked with musical allegories and the stained glass partitions make the building shine in a special way under the daylight, which penetrates to the large auditorium. Attention to the functional aspects of the program reveals a modern Domènech who understands ornamentation as the necessary culmination of an architectural work.
  2. Concurs Anual d'Edificis i Establiments Urbans

    Award-Winner / Winner
    Palau de la Música Catalana

    Lluís Domènech i Montaner

  3. Remodelling and Extension of the Palau de la Música Catalana

    Carles Díaz Gómez, Oscar Tusquets Blanca

    Remodelling and Extension of the Palau de la Música Catalana

    Our work consisted of rehabilitating, modernising and expanding this universal jewel of Art Nouveau architecture: the auditorium built in 1906 by Domènech i Montaner, which has not ceased to function for this purpose ever since. In the first phase, which lasted for many years, we restored heavily damaged parts of the old building and provided it with health services, accessibility, security and comfort, unthoughtable a century ago. But the most significant contribution was to take advantage of part of the site of the neighbouring unfinished church to open the courtyard as much as possible, until then always hidden and surprisingly solved by Domènech with a wealth similar to that of the main façades, and thus achieve a new access to the Palace. In the extension located next to the stage we placed services for the artists: rehearsal room, changing rooms, dressing rooms, library...
  4. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner (ex aequo). Category: Architecture - Remodelling and Rehabilitation

    FAD Award

    Remodelling and Extension of the Palau de la Música Catalana

    Carles Díaz Gómez, Oscar Tusquets Blanca

  5. Premi Ciutat de Barcelona

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Restauració d'Edificis

    Premi Ciutat de Barcelona

    Remodelling and Extension of the Palau de la Música Catalana

    Carles Díaz Gómez, Oscar Tusquets Blanca

  6. Second Extension of the Palau de la Música Catalana - Petit Palau

    Carles Díaz Gómez, Oscar Tusquets Blanca

    Second Extension of the Palau de la Música Catalana - Petit Palau

    Ten years after the first intervention, the total relocation of the neighbouring church was achieved, which made possible our most important contribution to the monument: to grant a new façade to the Palau, completely opening the rich side courtyard of Domènech to the new square. He dreamt of an exempt building and we, a century later, made his dream come true. Just as on the north side of the square we had erected a building for the musicians (dressing rooms, library ...), on the south side we had erected one for the public and the music school. And under the new square a room for 540 spectators equipped with new technologies that the Palau needed so much.
  7. EU Mies Award

    Nominated
    Second Extension of the Palau de la Música Catalana - Petit Palau

    Carles Díaz Gómez, Oscar Tusquets Blanca