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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Urquinaona Tower is an example of the occupation of a corner of the Eixample with a speculative program of offices resolved decisively concentrating buildability on the corner and removing it from other buildings on the block based on configuring the rest of the plot as a six-story plinth-building that insulates the tower. The plinth aligns a passage with the neighbouring buildings, both on Urquinaona Square and on Roger de Llúria Street, to later retreat to the interior of the plot and leave the volume of the tower clean from the ground.
The tower itself is a volume of considerable slenderness and height characterised by a section that varies every few floors to stagger the volume and break the monotony of some façades that Bonet wanted to vary in height. It starts directly from the ground and exposes very strong metal pillars.
The base of the tower and the plinth is a curtain wall of aluminum and bronze glass, very dark, on which solid grandstands are superimposed in the street plan, and they open laterally, with a coating of dark gray stoneware which led to the building being renamed “the skyscraper of society’s colour” in its day, and which, together with the dark tinting of the glass, gives the tower a surprisingly discreet character despite its volume. The grandstands provide it with a fluted look that helps to further accentuate the height.
Also noteworthy are the crowning of the plinth, with unique metal grilles that help to blur the boundary while hiding the machinery of the building.
Perspectiva de l'exterior de la Torre Urquinaona.
Arxiu Històric del COAC