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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 University of Barcelona is one of the first buildings to be arranged in the plot designed by Cerdà. Its genesis, however, is older, because Rogent designed several projects for the University in different locations inside the old town that had to return from Cervera to Barcelona after Philip V took it from the city in retaliation for the events of 1714.
The final configuration leaves a 130-metre façade on the Gran Via, asymmetrical with respect to Universitat Square, in the middle of two blocks of the Eixample (with a 220-metre front) that it does not fill. The building follows the tradition of the great European universities: two courtyards, one for Science and the one for Humanities, which are completely symmetrical and are separated by a central body with a very powerful marble staircase leading to a beautiful auditorium located above the lobby.
The urbanisation of the area, which makes the building adapt to the Cerdà plot, was carried out in the 1930s by architects linked to the GATCPAC. On the short sides, facing Aribau and Balmes streets, there are a series of buildings that prevent the full view of the side façades.
The building is built in neo-Romanesque style, with a sober, powerful, severe stone façade, built with beautifully preserved ashlars. The interior spaces are of great beauty and the cloisters still retain their original life and still house several schools linked to the current University of Barcelona. Visiting the building means seeing it through the eyes of today's students who, thanks to its flexibility, can continue to use it with the same freshness of the first day.
The sequence of spaces formed by the access lobby, made of worked and exposed stone, and some interesting enough vaults that support the Auditorium and the staircase to access it, is particularly recommended. A visit to either of the two cloisters is also recommended.
L'edifici de la Universitat, que ocupa dues illes de cases de l'Eixample, té planta en forma de U, i s'organitza en dos cossos, disposats entorn de sengles patis o claustres, d'inspiració toscana, corresponents originàriament a les facultats de lletres el de l'esquerra i a les de ciències el de la dreta. Enmig, un cos central més curt allotja, a la planta baixa, un ampli vestíbul i l'escala d'honor, que mena a la primera planta, on hi ha els serveis centrals: rectorat, paranimf, capella, aula magna, biblioteca.
La façana és estructurada per aquest cos central, més elevat, i per dues torres de planta quadrada als extrems. Les obertures, de grans dimensions, són d'arc de mig punt, dins una interpretació lliure del romànic.
En la decoració del Paranimf, duta a terme pel decorador Josep Mirabent a partir del 1873, s'observa un canvi clar en el programa ideològic de l'edifici: del neo-romànic d'arrel catalana es deriva a un neomudejarisme de caire hispànic, accentuat per les pintures de tema històric que ornen la sala.
La Universitat de Barcelona, suprimida per Felip V i traslladada a Cervera el 1717, fou reinstaurada definitivament el 1842. L'edifici nou que havia d'allotjar dignament la institució fou projectat per l'arquitecte Elies Rogent, dins d'un historicisme neo-romànic que estava en clara sintonia amb la renaixença cultural i el medievalisme d'arrel romàntica. Construït en un Eixample que tot just començava a urbanitzar-se, s'hi estatjaren les facultats aleshores existents, tret de la de Medicina.
Secció transversal de la Universitat Literària de Barcelona.
Arxiu Històric del COAC