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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 old theatre was built by the architect Josep Goday in 1912, and it has been remodeled. The rest of the premises have been tidied up and cleaned of unnecessary structures, and the vertical communications have been reorganised.
The façade in Joan Coromines Square, opposite the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), is the set of arches preserved in one of the cloisters of the old hospital, the Casa de la Caritat.
The open passage between the theatre building and the old church of the hospital, which connects Valldonzella Street with Coromines Square, widens towards the square on the ground floor to organise a covered outdoor atrium that protects the new front door of the refurbished building. The two hollow arches on the cloister façade help to indicate this access.
In the interior trapezoidal space, between the façade of arches and the volume of the theatre, the lobbies have been organised which, by means of escalators, make it possible to communicate the exhibition and cultural levels. These lobbies also connect with the new passage under the square, which serves as an exhibition area and umbilical cord with the main building of the Centre for Contemporary Culture (CCCB).
The new roof of this space includes the south façade of the theatre and helps to merge it with that of the cloister.
New openings have been incorporated into the geometry of the arches of the protected façade, in which the letters CCCB can be more or less read, which allow views of the square from the inside through unexpected cuts.