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Association of Catalan Architects

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Xavier Busquets Sindreu
 
location Barcelona
function office, shop
contributed by Jose_Garcia

The project for the headquarters of the Collegi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (Catalan architects' professional body) was selected in the design competition held in 1958. The building stands in a unique setting in the historic heart of the city, opposite to one of the entries to the Roman city and only a few metres from the Cathedral. The project uses a modern architectonic language facing the historic environment. The building presents two clearly differentiated parts: a low trapezoidal base fitting to the plot form and respecting the street line, and an eight-storey tower set back from the Square and attached to the walls of the neighbouring buildings. The base volume houses the public programme and the offices are placed into the tower. The construction uses a metal frame and prefabricated panels. The graffito in the upper part of the base was designed by Picasso. In the basement a great architecture bookshop is located.

 

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Association of Catalan Architects
Address
Plaza Nova 5
Spain
http://www.coac.net/
Project is public!
Opening hours E-mail ciutada@coac.cat. Monday to Friday 08:00-21:00. In the basement the best architecture bookshop of Barca is housed: COOPERATIVA JORDI CAPELL Telephone 93 2243932 see also http://www.eupalinos.com
How to get there? Closest subway is Jaume I, building is located opposite of the cathedral.
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Completion 1959
ArchitectXavier Busquets Sindreu
artistPablo Picasso
Client Collegi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya
 
Project ID 5487
Latitude/Longitude 41°23'04N 02°10'30E
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