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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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Given the complexity of the program, the complex is arranged on the Passeig de Torreblanca and looking south over the Arborètum Park. The main entrances from the Theatre to the Conservatory are arranged on a large platform, benefiting from the views over the Arborètum, as this building sits on one of the lateral façades of the large theatre building. The large volume of this building maintains its presence and stands as the main character of the complex.
The project tries to solve a tough functional program from its volumetrics. The theatre will be the protagonist of the whole operation. The rest of the built bodies are arranged around the large central box, with which an attempt is made to solve the scale problem posed by the lateral and rear façades of the theatre.
This arrangement of additions to the central body will allow a specialisation of the accesses to the different buildings with the creation of an elevated platform, which, while performing the function of an outdoor public square, organises the arrangement of the accesses to the Theatre and Conservatory from on two of its sides, as well as representing the function of a virtual door to the Arborètum's neighbouring park.
The building, given its functional characteristics, is manifested by its volume, reaching its maximum height in the scenic box, which allows the folding of sets. The room extends over two levels: one at the access level, which forms the platform, and another at the level of the amphitheatre, which is accessed by stairs located laterally. The capacity of the hall is 746 spectators, which makes it possible to have very appropriate equipment for the city and its surroundings.
The special formal diversification of the building is what will allow the different parts to be understood as a single built complex and will try to solve the obvious problem of scale posed between the large central volume and its encounters with the immediate urban environment, establishing at the same time and from more distant readings an image of autonomy and representativeness in accordance with the characteristics of the centre.