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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
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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 bar already existed. The work consisted in rethinking the bar after the necessary soundproofing. The first project decision was to build a detached concrete box, separated from the walls and the ceiling, laid along the space.
The new skin, structurally independent, even with foundations, helps to redefine the section: the pavement gets convex and the central area gets higher, making the interior of the local bigger. Everything is built from the new box: some attics are built, skylights are opened, lamps get anchored and the bars find their own shape.
The bar is full. This idea is continuously present during the entire project: the façade is the shop window, making visible the bar’s activity, the entrance takes you to the interior, and the slope gets you in it. However, between the public, there only are bars: “places” are built from the ceiling. Nevertheless, the lamp is capable of defining these zones and linking them. The attics allow using the ceiling through getting located as balconies of people over people.
The lamp in the entrance begins the narration. It catches the ambience from a quieter bar, in between the shop window and the bottle screen. Above our heads, a metallic tube will be the basic infrastructure for sound and light systems and wooden frames, which welcome us at the entrance. This hall works with the idea of transit.
A second lamp will surround the DJ attic and, together with a third one which is like a banister for the public attic, will be framed from the top of a dance floor. And from above, people will contemplate the party: the DJ working, people dancing, playing pool, the screen and beneath all that, drinks being served. The stairs under skylights. The last illuminated lamp is made of crystal and lies on the pavement, inside there are the toilets. Above, occupying the whole section of the local a continuous screening of video images denies the end of the movement which has taken place along the TUBE of the BAR, between the street and the screen.