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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 building is located at one end of the Bellvitge industrial estate, next to Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes. The position it occupies favours its role as a driving force of the urban renewal of the area and, being located perpendicular to the highway, it avoids being a visual obstacle for the homes of Bellvitge and creates a new urban façade on the promenade that it itself generates. This fact implies the removal of a historical scar, by the disappearance of the condition of the motorway as the physical border of the territory. The program is distributed between the tall building, which houses the hotel, and a long plinth that houses the Congress Centre and the Sports Club. The union between these two bodies takes place through a glazed atrium spanning six floors. The tower clearly separates all the structural and communication elements from the functional spaces, to keep the spaces dedicated to the rooms open.
Located in the residential neighbourhood of Bellvitge (L'Hospitalet de Llobregat), the Hesperia Tower is an example of urban regeneration and a contemporary hotel. The new flagship of the Hesperia chain -and at the same time its most emblematic and innovative project-, this Hotel is an avant-garde skyscraper with a double role (social and urban), which generates growth and territorial planning around it. A building has been conceived that has already become a benchmark for the skyline of Barcelona and its metropolitan area. Its tower, 105 metres and 29 stories high, topped with an impressive glass dome with a futuristic image, is a visual icon of the city.
The hotel has 280 luxury rooms, 12 duplex suites with Jacuzzi in the bedroom, 7 executive suites and a presidential suite. It also has a 5,000-metre Convention and Congress Center (adaptable to multiple halls with a maximum simultaneous capacity of 2,500 people and an auditorium), an innovative sports club and high-level urban spa, the Metropolitan Gran Vía, as well as the new Hesperia Hotels central offices in an annex building.
The Hesperia Tower is the contemporary hotel, the clients of which are looking for an establishment with an extensive program and a strategic location. In a world where travel takes up unwanted time, its location a few minutes from the airport and the port of Barcelona, as well as from the city itself, in one of its most important accesses, provides added value. Its design is also characteristic, as is the not at all casual choice of its location and its architects. The Hesperia Tower is also a hotel for those who, when traveling, seek spaces of great architectural value and great benefits.
The outsourcing of all the elements of vertical communication (elevators, stairs, freight elevators), as well as the installation ducts, frees up the floor for hoteliers in its entirety, while turning such elements into authentic vibrant sculptures. Highly complex technological solutions such as the upper restaurant 'Evo' (with the kitchen by Santi Santamaría), the glass-enclosed atrium braced by cables and the suspended slabs on floors 2 and 4, provide a plus of quality to the complex. This entails an open plan, flexible and adaptable to any change of use and functional program in the future.