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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Bathing Area is designed as a kind of pier, at +1.50m level, equipped with special facilities related to seawater bathing. It continues almost parallel to the promenade or service road which is at +4.00m. and which borders the park.
It is proposed as a differentiated swimming alternative to that offered by the existing beaches of Barcelona's coastline. This difference results in enabling the future equipment of facilities related to Thalassotherapy, so that this area becomes a kind of urban park with special sea bathing facilities.
The connection to the park is made by means of two sections of stairs at the ends of the pier that save the difference in level of 2.50m. with the park and the execution of three retaining walls that give rise to service facilities and landscaped slopes with shapes similar to those of the park to achieve a certain continuity. Two ramps are located between the walls to allow rolling access for maintenance vehicles and disabled people.
Five distinct areas can be distinguished: the "controlled sea" area, which delimits a safe swimming area from that of the open sea; the terrace-patio area like a large square swept away by the wind protected by a Corten steel wall; the beach area, designed as a pine wood platform with the possibility of being removed to build saltwater swimming pools; the jetty and island area made up of white marble platforms that allow jumping; the diving school area located near the marina.