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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
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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 building recovers the former grounds of the Gas Company, which has been converted into a park presided over by the new headquarters. The new tower is decomposed into four well-differentiated bodies, with the aim of assuming its uniqueness and establishing a dialogue with the elements of the environment: the passage of the coastal belt, on one side, and the low houses on the other side. These four volumes have a name that identifies them: the tower is the tallest, H-shaped volume, formed by the union of two narrower bodies of different heights. The bracket is a body attached to the tower that, through its lower surface, marks the entrance to the entire building. The aircraft carrier is a long, low, cantilevered body that restores the tower’s ladder horizontally and faces the entrance, along with the corbel. The fourth body is the waterfall, a volume attached to the ground with a stepped façade that restores the staircase of the surrounding buildings. All four bodies are articulated as parts of the same conception, and the glass enclosure of each part collects the shadows of the neighbouring bodies, in a game of transparencies and reflections that give rise to an unreal and dematerialised image.
The buildable volume, the unique character of this new building and its relationship with the urban periphery make the new Gas Natural office building one of the contemporary buildings that have begun to appear on the city’s landscape.
However, this does not mean that the new building does not have a clear desire to be compatible with its urban environment; the small staircase in the Barceloneta district, the surrounding houses and the park.
It has the verticality of an office tower, while at the same time it offers an entrance that shows its representative character with a quick view of the interior.
That is why we have made a proposal where the interest lies in the fragmentation of the buildable volume in a series of constructions that in the end form a unified volume, which responds to different scales and in clear relation to the nearby residential buildings. Through the formation of a large door that allows the opening of the Barceloneta neighbourhood and a unique public space in relation to the ground floor, to form an urban landscape of different dimensions...
The treatment of the façades follows a similar criterion... A series of large windows create interest in the vicinity, while an indifferent volumetric treatment protects the building from the sun and noise and shows a series of abstract volumes that confuse it with the other buildings along the periphery.