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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 aim of the new terminal is to be Barcelona's communication gateway with the European environment, boost connection traffic and improve accessibility to the airport by the different modes of transport (high-speed train, commuter rail and the future extension of the underground’s line 9). It will have an area of approximately 300,000 m2 and will be able to absorb a traffic of 25 million passengers, that is, the double of all the current terminals combined.
The building consists of two main blocks under a single roof: a block up to 500 metres wide, where check-in, security and baggage claim processes are carried out, and which connects passengers with the different modes of transport, and another 700 metres long in which the boarding, waiting and commercial equipment areas are located.
The architecture of the building combines an international and multicultural character with the luminosity and ambient warmth of Mediterranean architecture. Its transparency favours the natural lighting of all areas intended for passengers, allowing a wide view of the tracks, with the vegetation and the sea as a backdrop.
Converging in the design an arrangement of maximum functionality, the incorporation of modern technologies, respect for the environment and a representative and unique architecture, the new terminal building of Barcelona Airport will be one of the benchmarks for future passenger airport terminals of the European environment.