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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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2019-2023 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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2019-2023 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Helena Cepeda Inès Martinel Maria Jesús Quintero

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Doctor Arquitecte. Entre 1995 i 1999 realitzà estudis de Biologia a la Temple University (Philadelphia, PA, EEUU) i a la Universitat de Navarra.

Va obtenir la llicenciatura d’Arquitectura el 2005 per la Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. Durant la carrera visità com a estudiant l’Escola d’Arquitectura SCIARC (Los Angeles, CA),assistí al simposi d’Alvar Aalto 2000 a Helsinki i al simposi “days of Oris” a Zagreb, Croàcia, el 2002.

L’any 2006 fou coordinador de 4rt curs i professor assistent de projectes 7/8 a la Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, i és també professor invitat al taller de projectes “Emotional City” dirigit pels arquitectes britànics Sergison & Bates (Set. 2006). Obté el títol de Màster oficial en Arquitectura Biodigital al gener de 2010. És membre i soci fundador al Gener de 2006 d’OAB (Office of Architecture in Barcelona) juntament amb Xavier Martí, Lucía i Carlos Ferrater.

Entre 2007 i 2011 fou subdirector de cultura, publicacions i relacions internacionals de l’Esarq (Escola Superior d’Arquitectura) a la UIC, des d’ on ha dirigit i coordinat varies publicacions així com el taller vertical i el cicle anual de conferències de l’escola. Actualment és professor de les assignatures de projectes de tercer curs. Entre gener i juliol de 2011 realitzà un període de 6 mesos a la ciutat de Nova York desenvolupant la seva tesi doctoral: “Aplicación de sistemas geométricos complejos en la pràctica arquitectónica” i fou “visiting professor” impartint l’assignatura projectes arquitectònics a la universitat de Pratt Institute, Nova York.

És autor del llibre “Sincronizar la Geometria” publicat per l’editorial ACTAR del qual s’han realitzat varies exposicions: Illinois Institute of Tecnology, Chicago, EEUU, al Museu de Belles Arts de Bilbao i a Bezalel School of Arts and Architecture, Jerusalem, Israel, al Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya i al Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Madrid. Recentment ha editat amb ACTAR una monografia de projectes realitzats per OAB.

Ha rebut el 1r premi FAD 2007 a la categoria “arquitectura efímera” juntament amb Carlos Ferrater per l’Exposició a Madrid: “M.C. Escher El arte de lo imposible”. És autor juntament amb Carlos i Lucía Ferrater de l’edifici de Roca Barcelona Gallery que fins avui ha rebut el premi Good design is Good business de la revista Arquitectural Record, el premi Wallpaper Design Awards 2010, ha estat finalista dels premis LAMP i seleccionat als premis FAD 2009 a la categoria d’interiorisme així com una menció especial als premis IALD 2010 (International Lighting Design Awards). És autor de varis projectes realitzats a l’estudi de OAB entre els que destaquen: Conjunt residencial i hotel a Turquia, pavelló d’ acollida al jaciment arqueològic d’Atapuerca, Edifici de 15 plantes d’ús mixt al Miami Design District, USA, el projecte per a l’estadi de Fútbol Club Barcelona i una residència privada de 3500 m2 a Nova Delhi, India.

El 2010 dirigí juntament amb Jorge Vidal la comissió de joves arquitectes per al Pla Estratègic Metropolità de Barcelona. És membre de l’assamblea del Col·legi Oficial d’Arquitectes de Catalunya i és membre també de l’associació Barcelona Global.

Ha impartit conferències i ha particitat en taules rodones i ha estat jurat de premis a diferents ciutats: Tokyo, Shenzen, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Chicago, Nova York, Boston, Columbus (Ohio), Jerusalem, Estocolm, Sant Petersburg, Hannover, Luxemburg, Manchester, Cardiff, Liverpool, Istanbul, Cagliari i l’Alguer, Bilbao, Granada, Madrid, Saragossa i Barcelona.

Author: Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB)


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  1. Roca Barcelona Gallery

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Borja Ferrater Arquer, Lucía Ferrater Arquer, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Roca Barcelona Gallery

    Already in the first steps for the conception of the institutional headquarters of ROCA or Roca Barcelona Gallery, the architectural project is understood as a tool for the dissemination of a brand and a company. The building is planned based on the communication strategy, another way to spread the values, history and challenges of the company and a transmission channel to attract the interest of the public towards the values, the product, the projects and concerns of a company with more than 80 years of history such as Roca. The commission envisages the realization of a complex program in which the institutional headquarters, a museum of the brand and a platform for events of a social nature and from the business world mix and coexist. The architectural project was based on two essential ideas. Its shape and external appearance and the experience of the space lived inside. The building, surrounded by multiple taller buildings, aims to show itself to the city by understanding its own scale. Due to its urban context, the building is surrounded by the adjacent volumes and is distinguished by its smaller scale and its purity of form. Without resorting to the speculative forms typical of an architecture that seeks to realise itself through the show, the building, while discreet and elegant, manages to differentiate itself from any other. As the main objective, we researched and worked to conceive a façade that, being observed with a minimum of attention, would not leave anybody indifferent and would try to arouse curiosity. Also, from the beginning, the possibility of creating a "skin" for the building that could perhaps offer a showy effect towards the outside, but which on the other hand had no relationship or apparent consequence to the building’s interior, was given up. It was sought, therefore, to work as much as possible under these premises. Finally, after testing different possibilities, we came up with a solution for the façade based on the arrangement of a single material, the succession of multiple glasses arranged perpendicular to the axis of the façade. Thus, based on tests and prototypes, we were able to verify how new effects such as diffraction, reflection and refraction of light are produced, resulting in the distortion, translation and superimposition of the image across the façade. It was the light, both natural during the day and artificial at night, which then became the protagonist. Thus, we obtained a completely ambiguous façade that was shown both as an element of solid character by day and liquid by night, both heavy and light, both rough and smooth and in which it is sometimes difficult to recognise if its character is transparent, translucent or opaque. Thus, from the outside, when we look inside the building, the façade offers us an ambiguous (distorted) view of its interior, making it necessary to enter in order to really discover it; once inside, if we look outside, towards the city, we will observe a whole series of visual effects as if it were a game, where nothing is really where it should be. Some light rays pass through in a straight line while others are reflected the other way around, producing something similar to an image overlay. Others, at the same time, diffract to show themselves in all the colours of the rainbow. From the inside, we observe streets where there were none before, buildings are duplicated, and we see pedestrians walking by thinking they are where we see them but, in reality, they are in a different physical place. Our objective was met since we were looking for the realisation of a façade that, whenever looked at carefully, offered a plausible but subtle prescriptive effect at the same time. Just as a building projected outwards is conceived, a world, a space and a unique atmosphere are sought inside. Once inside, through the use of light, audiovisuals, materials and exhibition elements, an attempt has been made to generate an interior space very different from a usual exhibition space, where the visitor lives an intense and unique experience with the building. The interior space, therefore, is conceived as a personal and sensory experience in which the user or visitor interacts with the building thanks to presence detectors, directional speakers, light changes, projections, projected characters that interact with visitors and plasma screens that project moving objects. At the same time, all these elements are inserted as if floating in an indivisible and continuous space. The application of a slightly reflective and experimental pavement made of ceramic, a false ceiling in stainless steel and the walls of foam tetrahedrons, make up the three main materials in its interior. All of them are continuous materials: three planes that due to their condition of continuity recreate a weightless space, marking the horizontality and without spatial or formal references turning the physical space into a sort of virtual space. The technology applied to construction, to audiovisuals and to the way of explaining the brand and its product, are essential to convey the commitment that the company has to its future. The project for Roca Barcelona Gallery echoes the most advanced technologies in terms of lighting, materials such as ceramics, glass and steel. For all this, it has been necessary for ROCA and the OAB architecture team (Borja, Lucía and Carlos Ferrater) to have another team of experts in different fields such as communication, construction, lighting, audiovisuals and many other specialists of excellence who have made the creation of a flagship building and emblem of their brand possible.
  2. FAD Award

    Shortlisted. Category: Interior Design

    FAD Award

    Roca Barcelona Gallery

  3. Hermanos Torres Restaurant-Cuisine

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Borja Ferrater Arquer, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Hermanos Torres Restaurant-Cuisine

    Hermanos Torres Cuisine is a project born from the desire to generate a new experience in relation to the world of cooking and catering. A new space that allows us to live a new culinary experience. Continent and content come together for a unique experience. THE SPACE From the beginning, Sergio and Javier Torres defined in a few words what they were looking for: "more than a restaurant with a kitchen, we would like to create a kitchen with a restaurant". With this clear and ambitious premise and with the acquisition of an old industrial building of almost 800 m2, which had to be completely renovated, the project began. At the spatial level, the project was born, therefore, with the desire to erase or dilute some dividing lines between the different spaces that make up a traditional restaurant. Gradually, over time, the kitchen space has acquired a certain prominence in some of the latest avant-garde restaurants. Initially, windows that showed the interior of the kitchen through a glass were opened. On other occasions the kitchen was opened by placing it at the back of the restaurant, behind a bar, and even in some cases, as in the case of the Dos Cielos Restaurant (former restaurant of the Torres brothers), the restaurant through the kitchen. Exclusive tables have also been included in some restaurants so that a few people can eat in the same kitchen. However, this time, an even more radical leap is made, placing the kitchen not only as the central element of the intervention, but also as an enveloping element. The restaurant is the kitchen. By placing the kitchen at the epicentre of the restaurant, the old concept of the café-theater resurfaces, places where the diner enjoys a show while having dinner. But here the show will consist of the same preparation of the dishes to be tasted. In addition, thanks to the fact that he has chosen an industrial building as a large container, the experience of living a "performance" yourself is emphasised. It feels like being on a big ship, being on a TV set or in a modern theatre. It was therefore a matter of configuring and exalting these properties of the original space in such a way that a further step could be taken in the experience of haute cuisine. The diner participates and empathises with the Chef, while it is a direct witness to the creative act that is taking place. And not only is it a witness, but it also ends up becoming the protagonist of the experience when the dish arrives at the table. Having diluted the lines that physically separate the space, the two chefs, Sergio and Javier, along with second chefs, chefs, waiters and assistant cooks, move the space naturally and without barriers between stoves and tables. A space of no more than two meters, free of any physical or visual obstacles. This is what the brothers were looking for, to be able to establish a direct relationship with their customers. At the same time, the spectator, diner and protagonist (depending on each moment) not only has a central stage that are of the "three pianos" (place where the last steps of each dish are elaborated and culminated), but also it is surrounded by kitchens and spaces related to the experience you are living. In three of the faces that surround the central space is the wine cellar, the pastry shop and the 3 cooking kitchens (Meats, Fish and Fruits-vegetables), plus you can also see the space of research and development behind a glass, in which the brothers carry out their experiments and tests to achieve new creations. Work has been done to make the kitchens work like clockwork, and to be as well-equipped as possible, always giving priority to functional aspects so as not to diminish their proper functioning. Therefore, there is a subsequent circulation, which manages to communicate all the spaces: preparation and production kitchens and their respective cameras as well as the spaces for staff, dining room, locker rooms, training room, etc. So, despite the novelty of the distribution, the space has been organised in a consistent and effective way. Another example would be to respect the classic concept of atrium represented in the Bar area. That is, when we enter and access the large industrial building, we have a first filter space that allows us to save the surprise, and then discover the large space of the main dining room. So, next to the cloakroom, the Bar becomes an entrance hall. Returning to the concept of foyer in a concert hall: before the show, the bartender, a prestigious mixologist, will prepare a cocktail, a first aperitif, which introduces us to the atmosphere of the industrial unit, the perfect opening act before the experience that awaits us on the other side of the cellar. MATERIALITY Once the organisation of the space has been defined, an element of great importance ensures that the culinary experience takes place with the dose of comfort and convenience it deserves. To try to soften the undeniable fact that we will be eating in an industrial unit, a series of materials are introduced that soften and even produce a kind of ambiguity between being initially in a cold space of large proportions versus a pleasant space, warm and welcoming. Tables with tablecloths, upholstered chairs and even the presence of a rug will soften and provide comfort, as well as help control the acoustics of the room. However, we have tried to make the decorative interventions as minimal as possible. Fleeing the recent trend and the increasingly popular fashion of refilling and filling spaces with objects, textiles and formal abundance that gives place to a baroque minimalism or new kitsch that can only confuse the customer and not leave clear what is authentic and what is a "lie" (fake). This is exactly the opposite. To erase the unnecessary, not to confuse and not allow it to dominate the superfluous, but the truly important. The floor, thanks to the collaboration of the Roca company, is ceramic. As it should be, this has always been the traditional cuisine of a lifetime, just like the one where the brothers cooked as children with their grandmother Catalina. This is a special format piece designed specifically for the Restaurant. A continuous floor, therefore using the same material for all areas, the main ones and the ones for the staff. It was essential to understand the unitary nature of the intervention. We decided that the bathrooms would be the exception to the rule: Iroko wood is introduced in the bathrooms, which gives them great comfort. An atmosphere contrary to that of the central space is sought, more typical of a ship's cabin than of a large industrial building. The protagonists will always be the diner, the cook and the dishes. Regarding the rest, the less you notice and see, the better, and having the minimum concessions. To do this, we have a single large decorative element: a large black and gold curtain that occupies an entire side wall and is backlit, magically playing with light. Light, as an indispensable ingredient in architecture, will be what we will talk about below. THE LIGHT In this obsession with eliminating the superfluous and the unnecessary, the presence of the color black in practically all the restaurant appears strongly. Black emerges as a counterpoint to the white of the dishes, tablecloths and chefs' uniforms, which acquire their prominence thanks to wrapping them all with an indefinite matte black space. The colour black also allows us to do the same with light as with the decoration. Thanks to him we will be able to illuminate what interests us. The rest will be lost in the vastness of the industrial unit. Just like in a theatre or a concert hall where what lights up is the stage, the actors or the musicians. From here, a magical game begins thanks to the presence of glass that produces reflections, the darkness of the room and the presence of some mysterious hanging lights, giving rise to what the brothers have ended up defining as the ship of your dreams. The cellar is used to create a subtle light box, although not too bright (for obvious reasons of wine treatment). The glass box of the cellar is dressed in virgin vine. This warm light box with a golden effect helps to create a cozy atmosphere in both the bar and the main room. For the lighting of the room, we worked with the designer Pete Sans in the creation of what we call "clouds", lights that precisely sought to meet several objectives: the light, through the presence of hundreds or thousands of lights evokes a starry space, and thanks to the reflections in the glass of the room or in the skylights, a magical multiplier effect is produced. The lights are strategically placed at a constant height of 2.55 m, which allows you to build an imaginary or virtual roof, in which everything above (the ship reaches 7.5 m on its ridge) when painted black, it seems to fade or disappear. In this way, the ceiling is not clearly visible, only intuited. At the same time, the lights begin to generate reflections in all the windows of the restaurant and what before could be perceived as a finite space becomes ambiguous and undefined. The immensity of the black and the multiplied lights, the golden curtain with a dark background, the illuminated cellar where the bottles can be seen, the translucent skylights... All this makes the limits of the space confusing, while a dreamlike space is generated. THRESHOLD And we will finish at the beginning: the front door and the façade, which we knew had to become a threshold that separates the space of the imaginary from the urban reality of the Les Corts neighbourhood in Barcelona. To do this, after much deliberation and thinking about what we should do, we decided to respect the interior shape of the nave, a gabled roof, and therefore rescue the formal archetype of a house. Secondly, the brothers conveyed to us the importance of the 4 seasons of the year, working with seasonal produce. That’s why we decided that the best way to represent this idea would be through nature. Specifically, around a forest and how the seasons transform it. Carlos had been following the works of the painter and muralist Regina Saura for years, and in some of her recent exhibitions she had focused on the representation of trees and forests. So we asked her to participate in the project and execute a work of art on the façade around the idea of a forest. We believe that Regina Saura's façade manages to convey the message of seasonality from the different shades of leaves (winter, summer, autumn and spring colours), and at the same time it allows the contrast with the reality of the urban context. We can understand the act of entering the Hermanos Torres Kitchen in two ways, crossing a forest in the city or accessing their new home in the forest. In any case, the façade is a threshold, a place where the outer space, the street, is abandoned, and which, once transferred, allows us to live almost imaginary experiences. All this thanks to the organisation of the space, the use of materials and the play of light. But above all, the interior space becomes a dream when you taste the latest creations by Sergio and Javier Torres.
  4. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Interior Design

    FAD Award

    Hermanos Torres Restaurant-Cuisine