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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

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

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Fundació Mies van der Rohe


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Arxiu Mas


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Andreu Arriola i Carme Fiol han treballat junts des de 1981. La seva associació va rebre aviat reconeixement amb el primer premi ex-aequo en el concurs del Parc de la Villette, Paris1982. Des d’aleshores la seva pràctica ha desenvolupat projectes que van des de l’arquitectura i el disseny urbà fins a l’interiorisme i el disseny industrial.Al començament ambdós van combinar la pràctica professional amb el treball a l’Ajuntament de Barcelona. Primer al Servei de Projectes Urbans, responsable de la transformació urbana desenvolupada entre 1981-87 i premiada amb The Harvard University Prince of Wales Prize in Urban Design 1990 per ‘l’exemplar demostració de lideratge en la conformació i renovació de la ciutat’. I després a l’Institut Municipal de Promoció Urbanística que va projectar la integració de les instal•lacions dels Jocs Olímpics de 1992 dins del conjunt de la ciutat de Barcelona.

ARRIOLA & FIOL , arquitectes es va fundar el 1987 amb la intenció d’explorar la interrelació entre arquitectura i urbanisme. L’objectiu era el d’acostar la tradicional distància entre aquestes disciplines. Això s’explora mitjançant el disseny de l’urbanisme basat en projectes específics i el planejament de l’arquitectura en l’espai públic.
Els projectes s’entenen com oportunitats per a proporcionar solucions creatives que adrecin plenament tant les necessitats com les aspiracions dels usuaris. Es dedica una continuada cura a totes les facetes del projecte, des del precís enteniment dels objectius del client fins a assegurar la seva eficient realització en obra. Els premis en concursos, participació en exposicions, congressos, conferències i publicacions recullen el seu reconeixement internacional.

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  1. Square in the Fossar de les Moreres

    Arriola & Fiol Arquitectes, Carme Fiol i Costa

    Square in the Fossar de les Moreres

    The remodeling of Fossar de les Moreres gives and restores the symbolic character of a memorial to the events of 1714 in the space adjacent to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, full of historical connotations and which recently had a residual character. The new configuration of the site allows both daily and neighbourhood public use of the square and its symbolic significance. The most significant elements that affect the project are the magnificent side façade of Santa Maria del Mar and Malcuinat Street, located on the opposite façade of the square and perpendicular to the façade of the church. The virtual axis of this street, which connects Pla de Palau with Santa Maria del Mar, becomes the basic guideline of the project. The physical framework of the memorial is confined to the intervention in the interior surface defined by the polygonal limit of the existing pavement, which collects it as a recent trace of the history of the Fossar. The symbolic character given to the place is achieved with the topographical manipulation of this surface. At the border of the square with Santa Maria Square, a stone 30 m long and 60 cm high determines access to the interior of the square at both ends, protects the space from street traffic and it provides it with a calmer nature.
  2. Garden in Madrid Street

    Arriola & Fiol Arquitectes, Andreu Arriola Madorell, Carme Fiol i Costa

    Garden in Madrid Street

    The main guidelines of the presented project are to enable intensive use by the residents of Carrer Madrid, but at the same time integrate this area visually and physically with the environment, so that it participates in the advantages of being in a free area equipped with higher rank in the city. A shift of the territory that determines a section of the land that enables the visualisation of the site is proposed. In order to solve the objective of integrating the park into the environment, the starting point is the use of a certain geometric resource, typical of the Renaissance, which will be manipulated as needed and which will define the physical image of the park. The original classic drawing becomes an unlimited fragment where its quadrangular elements become pyramids that determine spaces and routes. The pyramids define two sides of the park: the north and the south. The south side is designated for planting areas, while the north side is paved with coloured concrete.
  3. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture - Public Spaces
    Square in the Fossar de les Moreres

  4. Estació del Nord Park

    Arriola & Fiol Arquitectes, Andreu Arriola Madorell, Carme Fiol i Costa, Beverly Pepper

    Estació del Nord Park

    The park is located on the land previously occupied by the railway tracks, which goes from the old Estació del Nord to Plaça de les Glòries. It is specified in the rectangular area, attached to the south façade of the old station and bounded by Naples, Almogàvers and Sardenya Street, in an area of just over two hectares. The layout of Nàpols Street is curved to embrace the main façade of the station in the manner of other blocks from the Cerdà network, such as the Hospital Clínic. A boulevard is being built along Almogàvers Street, which accompanies the longitudinal views of the sculptural wall that opens the main access to the park from this street. The construction of Sardenya Street on a bridge gives continuity below the park to the sports area and connects it with the north of the city. The interior design of the park develops a simple idea: the introduction for the first time in Barcelona of a large lawn that frames Beverly Pepper’s sculptures.
  5. Glòries Catalanes Square

    Arriola & Fiol Arquitectes, Andreu Arriola Madorell, Carme Fiol i Costa

    Glòries Catalanes Square

    The recent history of the square begins with the drafting and approval of the Special Plan for the North/Glòries Sector at the end of 1989, which projected the opening of the southern section of Meridiana Avenue, while giving continuity to the streets of the plot and proposing the location of the city's major cultural facilities— L’Auditori, the National Theatre of Catalonia, the Archives of the Crown of Aragon—at the same time as providing urban planning support that adapted the determinations of the General Plan of 1976 to the infrastructural actions that would finally make the construction of the square possible. At that time, the square was a chaotic road junction that connected Diagonal, Gran Via and Meridiana Avenues with the A-17 and A-19 motorways. The chaotic support structure of the viaducts that resolved the link had lost all signs of urbanity and did not recognise the centrality of the square. The architectural solution of the square uses traffic as project material. The feasibility, the geometry of the road layouts and the cars determine the scale and dimensions of the proposal.
  6. Islàndia Square

    Arriola & Fiol Arquitectes, Andreu Arriola Madorell, Carme Fiol i Costa

    Islàndia Square

    The project, recognising the grid as pre-eminent in the general urban design of the sector that integrates it with the rest of the city, wants to rediscover Bofarull and Rec Comtal Streets as historical traces with characteristics opposed to those of the cartesian grid. The project builds the chamfer of the Palència-Espronceda junction with a water pond that evokes the memory of Rec Comtal Street. Bofarull Street determines the built-up front of the Eixample block and limits the triangular free space where the large fountain is located, in the centre of the district. The two sections of Bofarull street are designed in continuity with this central part as the bank of Rec Comtal. The characteristics of this linear space contrast with those of the rational and circulatory plot of the Eixample. The introduction of water, the absence of traffic, the vegetation, the new pavement and the placement of urban furniture give these spaces the character of a garden where quiet lines of trees follow the course of the old Rec Comtal Street. At some points, the parallel lines separate and form a clear space. A double line of iron/concrete slabs follows the tree lines so that one supports the tree pits and the other one the lighting columns. The rest of the terracotta paving is laid in lines perpendicular to the rows of trees.
  7. Roman Baths Museum

    Arriola & Fiol Arquitectes, Andreu Arriola Madorell, Carme Fiol i Costa

    Roman Baths Museum

    The Roman Baths Permanent Exhibition project is integrated into the future Museum of Sant Boi de Llobregat - the remains of the Roman thermal building will be one of the most important exhibits of the new museum installation promoted by the Barcelona City Council and Sant Boi City Council. This project is considered as a first phase of the Sant Boi Museum installation with two primary objectives: to enable the completion of the archaeological research and to build the cover that will guarantee the definitive consolidation of the remains. The accessibility to the ruins as well as the visit routes have been conditioned by the organisation of the functional programme. This program projects a museum installation staffed by at least one or two permanent people. The entrance to the new building is through the intersection of Carrer Hospital and Avinguda Maria Girona and access to the thermal complex is from the apoditerium. There is a gentle step that saves the difference in level and configures some stands to contemplate the scene of the ruins and some stairs that accompany the route.
  8. Virrei Amat Square

    Arriola & Fiol Arquitectes, Andreu Arriola Madorell, Carme Fiol i Costa

    Virrei Amat Square

    Fabra i Puig Promenade and Borbó Avenue are the only streets that flank the square. Its dimension, therefore, is doubled and transformed into a representative rectangular square. An open square is proposed, with most of the surface of the stone pavement to accommodate people in motion, and with a characteristic environmental atmosphere that dialogues equally with the aggressiveness of the noise of the circulatory node. For this reason, a pond with waterfalls and a beach are placed, which solve the duality of the perspectives of Pi i Molist and Felip II. A pavilion with plants connects the square with the surrounding buildings. Given the proximity of the district’s headquarters, at the other end of Pi i Molist there are significant elements that finish the perspective, of the same character as those of the urbanisation around the headquarters, palms and tuning forks, which announce the administrative centre and which, together with the extension of the sidewalks of Pi i Molist, transform the current distance into proximity and reference.
  9. Central Park in Nou Barris

    Arriola & Fiol Arquitectes, Andreu Arriola Madorell, Carme Fiol i Costa

    Central Park in Nou Barris

    The architectural perception applied to the urban space has generated a certain degree of originality in the practice of landscaping, mainly in the urban context, either in the traditional city or in the new territories of the urban periphery. The location of the project is the gap resulting from the massive construction of blocks during the sixties and seventies in a part of Barcelona that until then was nothing more than fields. Despite the scale of the problem, the surface of the area can hardly be seen as a result of the chaotic organisation of the blocks. The project seeks to suggest another landscape that proposes not only an urban park in the middle of a densely populated neighbourhood, but also integrates the skyline and the built mass of the blocks as an inseparable and essential part of the new landscape.
  10. Catalunya College of Music

    Arriola & Fiol Arquitectes, Andreu Arriola Madorell, Carme Fiol i Costa

    Catalunya College of Music

    The project of the Catalunya College of Music is located inside the L'Auditori building with the aim of revitalising a musical complex that will develop complementary activities to those of the audition of symphonic music concerts. In this way, the complex program of L'Auditori will be articulated over time and will be transformed into a true city of music that is almost self-sufficient. The new conservatory includes the second and third cycle music studies, a library, sheet music library and specialised sound library, rehearsal rooms, electroacoustics laboratory, administration, with all the complementary services of dressing rooms and instrument storage for an auditorium of 700 localities. This program takes place on the first, second, third and fourth floors of the L'Auditori building on Lepant Street in Barcelona. The rooms, where the ESMUC program is housed, are organised around two large courtyards: the central atrium open to full height with the glass impluvium, which are the support for Pablo Palazuelo's paintings, and the superior cloister, open to the second and third floors with access from the latter.
  11. Urrutia Sustainable Tower Block

    Arriola & Fiol Arquitectes, Andreu Arriola Madorell, Carme Fiol i Costa

    Urrutia Sustainable Tower Block

    Urrutia Sustainable Tower Block The main objective of the project is to create a building with 98 housing units for young people, a University Institute destined for the UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and a parking lot for bicycles and motorbikes. It is a 16-storey building. Its singular position allows the development of two flat urban façades with tall windows that emphasise the vertical plane of its tectonic geometry with the two streets. The other two sides of the tower are fractured in height and gradually open out into the outer space of the new development. The façade is made of polycarbonate, which is thinner and more transparent, metal plate and u-glass, and they are all mirrored with the surrounding vegetation. The typical house (about 40 m2) consists of an entrance, kitchen, dining room, bedroom and bathroom, in this order, from less to more privacy. On the ground floor, at the level of Urrutia Street, there is a room connected internally with the lower floors. A ramp which emerges from the square connects the park level floor with the car park, the service sector, the facilities and the warehouse. The communal spaces are located in height on the two intermediate floors, where the surface of the tower decreases, the perimeter recedes and the volume diminishes. The last floor in height is reserved for the facilities. Reinforcing solar panels are located on the various non-passable roofs.
  12. EU Mies Award

    Central Park in Nou Barris

  13. Music Museum

    Arriola & Fiol Arquitectes, Andreu Arriola Madorell, Carme Fiol i Costa

    Music Museum

    The L’Auditori-Barcelona Musical Centre project began in 1989. The program was written for a set of musical activities that far exceeded that of a strict concert hall. Thus, the new centre would host, in addition to the three audition rooms (symphonic, chamber and multipurpose rooms), a school of advanced musical studies and the Music Museum. This construction project for the Music Museum will complete the L’Auditori complex. The spaces where the museum's program is housed are organised around a large courtyard: the central atrium open to full height with the impluvium of glassvsupports Pablo Palazuelo's paintings. The main access to the museum is from the main staircase of Les Arts Square, which goes directly to the second floor. This floor houses all the museum administration, reception and information, services, reception room, permanent exhibition and temporary exhibition. From the second floor you can reach the third floor, where the library is, via the internal stairs. The library has a reserve of funds that can be visited and a research room. Finally, the restoration and photography workshop, the publication archive, the administration and the reserve fund are located in the basement.
  14. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Interior Design
    Music Museum



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