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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Cultura

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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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  1. Terrassa Municipal Funeral Services

    BAAS Arquitectura, Jordi Badia i Rodríguez

    Terrassa Municipal Funeral Services

    The building consists of a white elemental prism placed gently on the ground and open to the outside through a porch that covers the entire width of the façade. The topography of the land is slightly inclined, so that the building, while maintaining the horizontal level, does not touch the ground. This arrangement summarises the symbolism that goes with the project: the position that levitates the prism and the large opening of the porch refer to a conception of death as a journey, as a starting point, a conception that moves away from the expression "here they rest" to adopt the expression "from here they have parted". The program is organised around a water courtyard that separates and distributes the three main packages: the wake rooms, the oratory and the cafeteria. The passage from one room to the other always takes place through the patio, which acts as a decompression chamber. The conception of each interior space combines artificial light, natural light and the view of the sky, grading the lightness or darkness of each piece depending on its use.
  2. EU Mies Award

    Nominated
    Terrassa Municipal Funeral Services

  3. Sant Boi Law Courts

    BAAS Arquitectura, Jordi Badia i Rodríguez, Jordi Framis Ferrer

    Sant Boi Law Courts

    A simple scheme of three bars with the court offices separated by courtyards is blurred by a uniform skin of vertical white concrete lamellas that embraces the building like a sheet. The slats, with different inclinations and distances, generate an image that presides over the new square with a heavy building, sober and opaque from a distance, and transparent from the inside. The arrangement of the slats suggests that of the books in a library.
  4. Ferrer i Guàrdia Primary School

    BAAS Arquitectura, Jordi Badia i Rodríguez, Jordi Framis Ferrer

    Ferrer i Guàrdia Primary School

    The school is divided into two parts: the classroom and a lower body intended for the dining room and gymnasium. The auditorium is formed by a bar located between partitions and aligned with Roger de Flor Street. This body is closed to the street and opens to the interior through patios that allow natural light to be controlled and build a series of empty volumes of three floors, used for children's leisure. A linear staircase connects these three floors and builds the interior space, uniting the three floors in a single volume that receives filtered light through rhythmic vertical openings. The façade thus emphasises the opacity of this body, while on the ground floor there is a displacement that widens the sidewalk and gives rise to independent access to the children's school. The main access takes place from the main courtyard, through a porch that joins the classroom with the services body and, at the same time, naturally divides the courtyard between the area intended for the children's school and the area designated for the primary school.
  5. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture
    Ferrer i Guàrdia Primary School

  6. Salt Primary Healthcare Centre

    BAAS Arquitectura, Jordi Badia i Rodríguez

    Salt Primary Healthcare Centre

    El programa es desenvolupa en planta baixa, excepte algunes peces privades que es col·loquen en planta primera. Una sèrie de patis organitzen els paquets de consultes i garanteixen la llum natural. La proposta pretén dur al límit l'arquitectura prefabricada i industrialitzada i es planteja com un exercici d'estil sobre aquest tema. Tota l'estructura, tancaments de façana, tancaments interiors, fals sostre, etc. s'entén com un acoblament de productes de catàleg que es basen en una modulació estricta. Això podria permetre en un futur una sistematització en la construcció d'altres equipaments de la mateixa tipologia amb retallades en temps d'execució i en costos. La imatge, rotunda, és la d'un prisma brillant molt opac a l'exterior per garantir la màxima privacitat, en contrast amb un interior inundat de llum natural provinent dels patis . La col·locació de les finestres a la part més alta per a les consultes i en la part més baixa per a les sales d'espera permet evitar vistes creuades.
  7. Can Framis Museum

    BAAS Arquitectura, Jordi Badia i Rodríguez

    Can Framis Museum

    The old Poble Nou district, the productive engine of the city of Barcelona, was mostly built for industrial sites without any architectural interest. The few exceptions that the heritage catalog decided to keep may create the wrong picture of what this place was like. The fact is that most of the constructions were very precarious, with no other interest than the merely productive ones and constructed through a continuous process of addition of bodies with very heterogeneous construction techniques. Can Framis can be a sample of this type of construction and does not want to make up the texture of its old and damaged skin which acts in contrast to the high technology displayed around it. The contemporary intervention consists of cauterising the wound by consolidating the testers and constructing a new building that connects the two existing naves and that had to coincide itself with the layout of another old nave. In this way, the three buildings form a courtyard that becomes the lobby of the future museum and space for multipurpose activities. All these interventions are materialised in a coarse concrete that melts with the pavements. A layer of gray paint protects the existing walls and makes their details transparent (brick, stone, arches, scars from old windows, etc.), forming a contemporary collage of textures, holes and walls that reflects the different strata and interventions that the building has undergone over time. Inside, you take the elevator from the entrance and the visit begins at the highest level, to get a continuous walk, downhill and without interruptions of the exhibition route. The required high exposure density leaves the only formal scores for this route for the stairs. The garden highlights the unusual level where the museum is located, a metre and a half below the level of the Cerdà plot, the product of its previous location and rises within its limits to hide wheeled traffic. The ivy that will cover the entire pavement and the poplars will offer a melancholy and decadent image that will enhance the contrast with the smell of new surroundings.
  8. CP House

    BAAS Arquitectura, Jordi Badia i Rodríguez, Marcos Catalán Alucha

    CP House

    Renovation of a mezzanine in Barcelona. The height of the buildings and the leaves of the trees let through a light that is too pale and cold, very similar to that of the Nordic countries. In these countries, the use of wood and candles seek to build a warmer domestic space. Wood on the floor and ceiling. Like a slice of ice cream. We use the natural warmth of light wood to modify the perception of light by bouncing, in the same way that lamp shades make the light of a light bulb much warmer and more pleasant. Villa Mairea by Alvar Aalto showed us the way. We stay a step behind. The conviction that this type of intervention must give prominence to its inhabitants, the furniture and their possessions, which will grow over time, advises us to work with the minimum possible resources. That is why the project is built with only two materials: maple wood and the colour white. In some places, the doors or the wooden paneling of the walls connect with the flooring and the wooden covering of the ceiling, thus enveloping the interior with a gesture that aims to be an affectionate and protective embrace.
  9. Premi Ciutat de Barcelona

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture and Urbanism
    Miquel Martí i Pol Gardens

  10. Progrés-Raval Primary Healthcare Centre

    BAAS Arquitectura, Jordi Badia i Rodríguez

    Progrés-Raval Primary Healthcare Centre

    The demolition of an old factory between two streets gives rise to a new urban space near the sea: Plaça Ovidi Montllor. The new equipment will make up the square together with a new municipal building facing it. The façade of the building overlooks the new square and, by separating from the neighbouring buildings, generates a courtyard that serves as access to the building, separated from the square by a porch characterised by the sculptural pillar that supports the volume. The piece, built with ceramic lattice (which refers to the old factory) to materialise the impact of the sun, gives privacy to the use and builds an abstract volume that rests on a black terrazzo plinth and the unique pillar.
  11. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Interior Design
    CP House

  12. Escola la Bòbila

    BAAS Arquitectura, Jordi Badia i Rodríguez, Vicky Llinares

    Escola la Bòbila

    The building explores the limits of industrialization in order to fulfill economy and simplicity requirements. Using a precast concrete structure and an industrialized modular system for the envelope the works costs result cut down. In addition, integrating the sports hall to the building´s first floor, though retaining a direct access to the schoolyard, contributes to achieve a compact layout. This decision allowed to minimize the building footprint hence, reducing costs on foundations and envelope. Other construction details aiming for simplicity include an external envelope made of light weight modular panels lined with insulating material and plastered, zinc composite panel roofing and a window solution based on repetition and dimensioned according to the minimum requirements. Regarding the brief, the core space to the project is the central hall, an indoors multi-level space with interchangeable uses. Heart and soul of the school, this is a working area, an exhibition space, a social zone and the connection point to all the classrooms. Finally, the school unifies and dignifies the simplicity and diversity of the construction details and materials chosen extensively using one paint colour. This chromatic uniformity confers character and personality to the building.
  13. FAD Award

    Shortlisted. Category: Architecture
    Progrés-Raval Primary Healthcare Centre

  14. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture
    Escola la Bòbila

  15. Alta Diagonal Building

    BAAS Arquitectura, Jordi Badia i Rodríguez

    Alta Diagonal Building

    Alta Diagonal is one of the most important business centres in Barcelona. With eight office floors, 22,000 m2 and a community of users of almost 200 people, this building stands in the heart of business to accommodate the most influential companies on the national and international scene, and places Barcelona among the best cities in the world. Alta Diagonal is the benchmark of the most prestigious companies in the city. The refurbishment of the building demonstrates its commitment to architecture and design, sustainability, and innovation and technology. Alta Diagonal proposes a new concept of workspace in which the outdoor spaces play a decisive role and allow the building to have a dialogue with the city. The architects designed the lobby as an outdoor space, so that Diagonal Avenue entered and crossed the building to the back garden. These two spaces, which invite you to enjoy the building, are one of the main contributions to the city of Barcelona and build an environment of peace and silence amidst the hustle of the city. The rehabilitation carried out by BAAS arquitectura aims to connect the building with the city, provide it with greater light and improve its energy performance. Some of the interventions have consisted of the construction of a large entrance pole in front of the building to give it more visibility and a new personality, in the arrangement of the rear garden expanding it with the incorporation of the old parking area and in the empowerment of the accesses with the creation of two cantilever canopies that identify the entrances in an easier way.
  16. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Intervencions de Rehabilitació, tant de Promoció Pública com Privada
    Can Framis Museum

  17. La Remunta Pre-School Centre

    BAAS Arquitectura, Jordi Badia i Rodríguez

    La Remunta Pre-School Centre

    Some former stables are transformed into a nursery school. The most unusual and characteristic element of the existing building are parallel transverse walls every two metres that work as diaphragms. The project proposes to cut the walls to 2.20m and keep them as a succession of white screens that diffuse the natural light from the skylights. Under this repetitive and orderly structure are the classrooms, while the collective space is concentrated in a space of great formal power that builds a cross that is completed with a new access body that protrudes from the built perimeter of the building and organises the yard. The new will blend with the old, letting the building itself tell its past life by showing the pasage of time, superimposing the new performances as another layer that will merge with the previous ones.
  18. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Interior Design
    Alta Diagonal Building

  19. MUHBA Oliva Artés

    BAAS Arquitectura, Jordi Badia i Rodríguez

    MUHBA Oliva Artés

    The journey of this project has been complex and strange, a true reflection of the convulsive times in which it has been developed. The original project, the result of a competition called by the Barcelona City Council, was drafted in 2019 but the economic crisis forced its pause. While it was not possible to undertake the rehabilitation, it was decided to make small occasional investments to repair the roof and close the windows with provisional plastic to stop the deterioration of a factory that, due to its curious morphology of a central nave and two lateral naves and due to its strategic position on the so-called Pere IV axis, it deserved to be preserved. The project has been adapting with a realistic and positive attitude to the economic reality in which it has had to live, and to chain those small provisional interventions that gradually build the final project. A project that is no longer the original, thought of in one go, but that in its own precariousness and disorder builds a certain way of rethinking this type of action, very contemporary. Halfway through, once the original architecture has been consolidated and suitably protected, it is decided to open it to the public with a temporary exhibition, which far from being ephemeral, strives to gradually build the facility. Some fundamental ideas are still preserved from the original project. The nave, which was part of an old factory built in 1920, contained some fascinating interior brick textures, probably more interesting than some of its exterior façades, which, having historically had other volumes attached to them, lacked interest. From the beginning, the project proposed not only to recover, but also to highlight those textures of the past, and to do so, it tried to centrifuge everything that could damage them. A ring-shaped, searchable underground gallery allows for all the installations that are necessary both now and in the future, and any element that is necessary for the proper functioning of the museum is attached to the outside of the nave: the elevator, which in its verticality reminisces the chimney that the factory never had, linear evacuation stairs, temporary bathrooms and even a large porch that opens to the park without modifying the original architecture. There is also a certain idea of materiality already raised in the competition phase which tries to solve all the pieces with a single material: the galvanized iron sheet. In an effort to relate the iron -the protagonist of the time in which it was built the building- with today, giving the material a new, somewhat surprising appearance. One more phase is currently being worked on, which will not be the last, and which builds a staircase to access the loft, an elevator and the porch. Each of these pieces is resolved from belonging to a set but attending to a certain design independence that accumulates objects in the intervention. Once the old warehouse had been properly consolidated and protected, while the works to build the new MUHBA headquarters were not resumed, it was decided to open the site to show it to the public. To do so, temporary bathrooms were built and an exhibition was prepared that should be a sample of what will be seen in the future. The project solves the intervention with a single gesture and proposes a large hanging lamp in the middle of the space, drawing a ring of light that separates the outer perimeter, dedicated to housing an exhibition on the city of Barcelona, from the interior space intended to host events and presentations. The large lamp is a large element on the scale of the building that enhances the richness of the interior textures and the basilica section of the enclosure.
  20. Montserrat Vayreda School

    BAAS Arquitectura, Jordi Badia i Rodríguez

    Montserrat Vayreda School

    En un emplaçament al límit de la ciutat en un entorn encara poc definit, es proposa un únic volum clar i pur, amb un pati interior protegit del vent com a protagonista de l'intercanvi cultural i de relacions entre els alumnes. El projecte aprofita el salt topogràfic existent en el solar minimitzant el moviment de terres i repenja el volum a la plataforma superior volant respecte la pista esportiva per crear un porxo i unes grades. Tot el programa docent es resol en una sola planta amb accés directe des del carrer principal i les aules de Primària i Infantil ocupen els costats nord i sud del pati. En la planta inferior, en contacte directe amb les pistes, es disposa el gimnàs i els vestidors. L'edifici es construeix a partir d'una estructura regular i un mòdul constant que organitza tota l'escola. Els materials escollits i els colors volen connectar amb la manera tradicional amb la que sempre s'ha construït al lloc.
  21. FAD Award

    Shortlisted. Category: Architecture
    Montserrat Vayreda School

  22. Remodeling of the Vall d'Hebron Market

    BAAS Arquitectura, Jordi Badia i Rodríguez

    Remodeling of the Vall d'Hebron Market

    The intervention aims to improve not only the market itself but also its setting through different transformations. First, the creation of new vehicle accesses independent from the pedestrians’, second, a new lift to connect the market with the Carmel neighborhood, and finally, the transformation of Trueba St into slow-traffic pedestrian-friendly street. On the other hand, the loading/unloading area moves to a lower level and the space occupied by it on the street level is used to extend the market surface. The project includes a large vegetable garden on the roof connected to a small restaurant. A new envelope will wrap the market volume providing it with an updated image.
  23. Edifici d'oficines Pallars a Barcelona

    BAAS Arquitectura, Jordi Badia i Rodríguez

     Edifici d'oficines Pallars a Barcelona

    Situado en el número 180 de la calle Pallars, en el barrio del Poblenou de Barcelona, este proyecto busca dar continuidad a la manzana y dialogar con las preexistencias. Obra del despacho catalán BAAS, liderado por Jordi Badia, el edificio de oficinas presenta una morfología de la arquitectura tradicional, combinando con un lenguaje contemporáneo materiales, colores y texturas que conectan con su contexto histórico industrial. Se mantiene la característica esquina en chaflán del Eixample, que en Poblenou está desapareciendo poco a poco.
  24. CAP Cotet

    AIS Grupo, BAAS Arquitectura, Jordi Badia i Rodríguez, Jero Gutiérrez, Francesc Sandalinas

    CAP Cotet

    El proyecto nace de la voluntad de cualificar el espacio interior y de integrarse con naturalidad a la escala del entorno. Todo el programa se ubica a pie de calle, en un esquema de dos hileras de consultas que enmarcan una sala mas alta que recibe la luz del norte a través de una ventana alta. Un cuerpo clásico de tres naves, a modo de capilla, donde la mirada se dirige al cielo. Desde el exterior, el edificio da muy pocas pistas sobre su espacio interior y se blinda con su opacidad a la calzada, respondiendo a las necesidades de privacidad del equipamiento. El recorrido de acceso es gradual, invitando a la calma. Un porche recibe al visitante en un gesto de bienvenida, prolongando la calle, donde un largo banco permite al visitante descansar y respirar aire fresco a la sombra. Al final del recorrido, un muro inclinado te introduce en la nave, acompañándote con amablemente, para descubrir con cierta sorpresa la riqueza y la luz del interior. Los materiales utilizados son los tradicionales del lugar: ladrillo cerámico para las paredes y el fondo, hormigón en su estado más austero y madera de pino barnizada. Todo construido por artesanos locales con la clara intención de perdurar en el tiempo. En el interior, el material y el espesor de los muros favorecen una inercia térmica que, como siempre ha ocurrido en la arquitectura tradicional, favorece un clima más templado. El edificio se protege del sol y se ventila de forma natural abriendo las altas ventanas al norte, refrescando y renovando todo el aire del interior.
  25. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture - Public Spaces
    CAP Cotet

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