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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
Barcelona airport was the subject of a major remodelling to go from six million passengers a year to approximately twelve million, also doubling the aircraft parking capacity. The project included the installation of twelve telescopic gangways for direct boarding of aircrafts. The solution adopted takes into account the configuration of the airfield and specifically of the platform, narrow and elongated, which had to be extended. The terminal building was designed in line, taking advantage of a large part of the existing structure, with four modular piers in the shape of a triangle that minimally penetrate the platform allowing better use of it. This linear solution, determined also by the situation of the Cargo Terminal and the technical building, is reinforced with an element that emphasises this linearity: an elevated pedestrian street that groups the modular elements, serves as a separation between the ground sides and air and allows easy separation between national and international passage. The international passage will use a building relatively separate from the rest of the facilities. One of the triangular modules is intended especially for the air bridge with Madrid.
The airport's modular design allowed it to be remodelled in phases, as it could not interrupt its operation at any time. A new façade was created, which represents a fully glazed image of the boarding modules and the elevated street. Waiting passengers can enjoy the spectacle of the planes taking off and landing from a privileged position. The triangular modules have another waiting room on the ground floor, intended for those passengers who must board, via the bus, aircraft located in remote positions. The elevated street, backbone of the airport, is an element of communication between the entire establishment.
While access from the street to the planes can be done in a minimal route, the elevated street, inspired by the Rambles in Barcelona, allows waiting passengers to stroll and enjoy the different atmospheres of the same in its different sections. The passenger has access to the terminal buildings at ground level, with a direct connection to the car park and circulation roads protected by large roofs. Check-in and baggage collection takes place on the ground floor and the connection between floors is made by stairs, escalators and lifts. The rapid evolution of air technology will soon cause new remodelling in all the airports of the world, although this should not minimise the study of their architectural design, an important factor for the comfort of passengers and the image of the city.