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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 project is part of the urbanisation of one of the residual plots resulting from the construction of the Ronda de Barcelona. A sports centre, a residence and a building of sheltered housing for the elderly will coincide on the same land, generating a public space around it that develops from the street to define a square that gives access to the different facilities.
The apartment tower, with a strong presence over the northern part of the city, is a 17-storey sheet metal prism.
The building is divided into three parts. Each horizontal community is associated with a larger space, where users' community activities are organised. These spaces form the heart of the proposal and are expressed in a very clear way on the façade, making it work as if it were a large beam embedded in concrete.
Wide corridors with city views, external stairs, double spaces and accessible roof form a building designed for the elderly to have the opportunity to socialise and enjoy community activities.
The project is part of the development of one of the residual plots resulting from the construction of the Rda. de Dalt in 1992. They will share the same plot with a new sports centre, a nursing home and the Júlia Tower (a building of sheltered housing for the elderly), generating around it a public space that extends from the street until defining a new public square that will give access to the facilities. The Júlia Tower is divided into 3 parts, each community has a common space of greater entity associated, where most of the community activities are organised, these three spaces constitute the heart of the proposal, they are clearly expressed in the façade, all the façade of the building works together like a lattice beam. The wide, open corridors with views of the city, the stairs leading to the outside, the double spaces and the large sunny roof form a building designed for the elderly to have the opportunity to interact and enjoy community activities.