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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
Aquellos bajos con una digna fachada habían acogido anteriormente una tienda de electrodomésticos decorada con falsas columnas, jácenas y arcos de yeso que escondían y ordenaban estructura e instalaciones. Una estrategia parecida a la aplicada en Sonor pero con un lenguaje distinto.
Se usaron los colores blanquiazules para realzar alguno de esos elementos y dejar a otros en un segundo plano, de modo que emergió visualmente un exento y esbelto templete que se convirtió en el protagonista de la intervención. Todo el resto de la operación se organizó para que esta elección se entendiera.
Unos focos hacia arriba le iluminaban como si de un monumento se tratara. Los huecos de la fachada se cuidaron de forma que desde la calle nada impidiera su visión y por ese motivo los carteles característicos de estas agencias se trasladaron a un biombo situado en el fondo de la tienda. Unos espejos verticales se colocaron a derecha e izquierda de los grandes ventanales en una posición radial que subrayaba su centralidad, al tiempo que ofrecían una llamativa visión caleidoscópica y distorsionada desde la calle. También desde el interior el movimiento de la ciudad se convertía en desconcertante.
Unas luces horizontales entre los espejos se encendían y se apagaban fingiendo un movimiento de dentro afuera en clara referencia a imágenes conocidas de espectáculos y mundos en aquella época lejanos.
462.Those basements with a dignified façade had previously housed an appliance store decorated with false columns, girders, and plaster arches that hid and ordered structure and facilities. A strategy similar to the one applied in Sonor but with a different language.
The colours white and blue were used to enhance some of those elements and leave others in the background, so that a free and slender temple emerged visually and became the protagonist of the intervention. The rest of the operation was organised so that this choice would be understood.
Upward lights illuminated it as if it were a monument. The gaps in the façade were taken care of so that nothing could impede their view from the street, and for this reason the characteristic posters of these agencies were moved to a screen located at the back of the store. Vertical mirrors were placed to the right and left of the large windows in a radial position that emphasised their centrality, while offering a striking kaleidoscopic, distorted view from the street. Also, the movement of the city became disconcerting from the inside.
Horizontal lights in the mirrors lit up and went out, feigning an inward-outward motion in clear reference to familiar images of spectacles and distant worlds at the time.
Housed in a neoclassical building, this agency, inspired by the lighting effects of 42nd Street in New York, played visually with customers, respecting the envelope box. Light beams, arranged linearly, projected light from the inside onto the street thanks to a programmed ignition system that suggested its movement. Inside, the game of reflections in large mirrors and painted shadows had just formed an expressionist and intimate space at the same time. This agency no longer exists today.