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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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
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2019-2024 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

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2019-2024 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:

2019-2024 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Helena Cepeda Inès Martinel Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

 

Arxiu Mas

 

Basílica de la Sagrada Família

 

Museu del Disseny de Barcelona

 

EINA Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona

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  • Sedó Colony

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    Sedó Colony

    Former textile factory with several warehouses, chimneys, an aqueduct, houses for the workers and a church with a school. They are simple and functional stone and brick constructions with gable roofs. The preserved chimneys have various shapes, from rectangular to helical. The 1400 HP Turbine Planas is preserved. The Sedó Colony was founded in 1846 by Miquel Puig i Catasús, who built a textile factory o an old flour mill that already existed ("Can Broquetes"). It would grow rapidly until it adopted the characteristics of an industrial colony and, finally, in the 20th century, it would become one of the largest and most important companies in the economic and industrial history of Catalonia. After the death of Miquel Puig (1863), he was replaced by his son, Josep Puig i Llagostera, who started the construction of houses for the workers, expanded the factory and planned various development works. His administrator and substitute, Antoni Sedó i Pàmies, was who would culminate the process of growth and formation of the industrial colony that would bear his name and who developed the entire textile production process. At the same time, he enlarged the workers' colony with new housing for the workers and their families, with the installation of shops, schools, the church, a dispensary, cinema and casino, among others. The workers' colony was located right next to the factory and was structured in elongated blocks of ground-floor and two-storey houses that formed seven parallel streets. In the middle of these parallel streets was the church and, on either side, the schools. After the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939, the colony reached its maximum growth, but, at the same time, the first symptoms of crisis would begin. Currently, the Sedó colony has been converted into an important industrial estate where there are different companies and industrial activities. The central core of the Sedó Colony Museum is located in one of these industrial spaces.

    1846

  • Can Comelles

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    Can Comelles

    Large house made up of several buildings and a chapel. It is built of brick and oriented towards the rising sun. The oldest part, corresponds to the current cellar and retains some pointed Gothic arches. The main block is rectangular in plan, has an attached lookout tower and consists of a ground floor and two floors. The main façade has a porch at the entrance and the openings have wrought iron grills. The deck is flat with a balustrade rail. As for the interior, we must highlight the wooden railing of the staircase, with Renaissance and Baroque decorative elements. The patio is from the end of the 19th century – then, it became a garden with Italian sculptures of gods. The origin of the country house dates back to the 14th century. It is known that it already existed in 1350 under the name of Mas d'en Pi. From the 14th to the 18th century, this house was owned, in a direct line, by the descendants of the founder of the manor house, the Comelles family, who had very illustrious characters as guests, even members of royalty. Later, the administration of the property passed to the community of priests of the parish church of Esparreguera. The chapel is from 1717.

    1850

  • 1911

  • Old Esparreguera Slaughterhouse

    Josep Domènech Mansana

    Old Esparreguera Slaughterhouse

    The Old Slaughterhouse of Esparreguera is one of Domènech Mansana's works that are conceived on the border between Catalan Art Nouveau aesthetics and Noucentisme. Some construction details and the use of exposed brick framing openings still evoke the modernist sources, but the lack of added decoration and the basilica plan and section of the building are already of a noucentist style. In this way, the property, which occupies an area of 300 m2, consists of three naves separated by columns, the central one higher than the side ones, which are symmetrical. The central nave is covered by a gable roof, while the sides are covered with single-sided roofs. In the main nave, the main façade is arranged with respect to a central axis, where the access door is located, in a pointed arch profiled in brick and green glazed ceramic buttons on the imposts. In the gable there is a large window which is also pointed and is divided into three parts by two mullions. On each front of the side aisles there is a large window with a wavy arch, a form that is repeated in the windows of the side façades. The building also receives natural light from the line of windows that open at the top of the sides of the central nave, which repeat the wavy shape of the lintels and are tripartite with single mullions. The cornices are decorated with lace placed under the eaves, and at the ends of this there are stepped ornaments in the form of corbels. The slaughterhouse stopped functioning as such in 1985. Then it was used as a cultural centre and hosted exhibitions, as well as the castellers, the giants and the devils of Esparreguera. It is Esparreguera's Federation of Entities of Popular and Traditional Catalan Culture, users of this equipment, that bring together the different groups. Josep Domènech Mansana was the son of the architect Josep Domènech i Estapà. In 1917 he was appointed architect of the Ministry of Public Instruction, from where he built schools in Badalona, Argentona, Igualada, Esparreguera, etc. He was also the municipal architect of Esparreguera and Sant Celoni, where he designed the Casa de la Vila, the Athenaeum and the Slaughterhouse, and a professor at the School of Arts and Artistic Crafts in Barcelona.

    1916

  • 1931

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