Intro

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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque
Directors of the COAC Digital Archive

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About us

Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

In Pictures

  • Urquinaona Tower

  • Urquinaona Tower

  • Urquinaona Tower

  • Urquinaona Tower

  • Urquinaona Tower

  • Urquinaona Tower

  • Urquinaona Tower

  • Urquinaona Tower

Memory

La Torre Urquinaona constitueix un exemple d’ocupació d’un xamfrà de l’Eixample amb un programa especulatiu d’oficines resolt decididament concentrant edificabilitat a la cantonada i retirant-la dels altres edificis de l'illa a base de configurar la resta de la parcel·la com un sòcol-edifici de sis plantes que aïlla la torre. El sòcol alinea una crugia amb els edificis veïns, tant sobre la plaça Urquinaona com sobre el carrer Roger de Llúria, per recular posteriorment cap a l’interior de la parcel·la i deixar el volum de la torre net des de terra. La torre pròpiament dita és un volum d’esveltesa i alçada considerables caracteritzat per una secció que varia cada poques plantes per esgraonar el volum i trencar la monotonia d’unes façanes que Bonet va voler variables en alçada. Arrenca directament des de terra i deixa al descobert uns pilars metàl·lics molt robustos. La base de la torre i del sòcol és un mur cortina d’alumini i vidre de color bronze, molt fosc, sobre el qual se superposen unes tribunes massisses en el pla del carrer, obertes lateralment, amb un revestiment a base de gres gris fosc que va motivar que, al seu dia, l’edifici fos batejat com “el gratacel del color de la societat” i que, juntament amb el tintat fosc dels vidres, dóna a la torre un caràcter sorprenentment discret tot i el seu volum. Les tribunes li donen un aspecte estriat que contribueix a accentuar encara més l'alçada. Són remarcables, igualment, els coronaments del sòcol, mitjançant unes reixes metàl·liques molt singulars que contribueixen a desdibuixar-ne el límit alhora que amaguen la maquinària de l’edifici.

Author: Jaume Prat

Source: APP BCN Arquitectura

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