Association of Catalan Architects
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.