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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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Eduard Maria Balcells i Buigas va néixer a Barcelona l’any 1877 i va morir l’any 1965. Fill d’en Eduard Balcells, un advocat de Tarragona, i de Concepció Buïgas Monravà, germana de l'arquitecte que va construir el monument a Colom. Va ser el quart de nou germans i cosí directe d’en Carles Buïgas. A l'Escola d'Arquitectura de Barcelona va coincidir amb en Pere Domènech Roura, fill d’en Lluís Domènech i Montaner, obtenint el títol d’arquitecte el 1905. Balcells durant molts anys va ser arquitecte municipal a Cerdanyola. Entre els seus projectes destaquen: la casa construïda pel pianista Enrique Calado a Sant Cugat (1905); la casa Tosquella al carrer Ballester al barri de Sant Gervasi de Barcelona (1906); la casa Lluch a Sant Cugat (1906); o la casa Mestres a Cerdanyola (1906). Cal dir que en Eduard Maria Balcells va estar influenciat pels diversos moviments arquitectònics de l’època: modernisme, noucentisme o brutalisme, la qual cosa queda reflectida a les seves construccions.

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  1. Lluch House

    Eduard Maria Balcells Buigas

    Lluch House

    Small palace with three floors with a functional overlap characteristic of palaces: semi-buried ground floor taking advantage of the natural unevenness of the hill, floor plan with halls, rooms, small rooms, dining room and library. Second floor where there are the bedrooms and a second floor where there is the attic with access to the roof. The facade is structured from volumes of geometric bodies divided into three distinct parts making a triangular portal with smooth pointed in the central crugia. On the outside there is a combination of white and blue trencadís majolica combined with white plastering, exposed billet and stucco. Decoration of lights and wrought iron grills.
  2. Clergy House - Rectory

    Eduard Maria Balcells Buigas

    Clergy House - Rectory

    It is a building intended for parish housing services. It presents some ornamental and constructive elements typical of the last stage of modernism where simple geometric shapes such as pointed arches formed with blown bricks are mixed with other curved geometric elements. A tower-shaped element stands out in one of the corners in one of the vertices in which the entrance door is located, covered by moulded buttresses and a gallery formed by a roof supported by stretchers. The floor plan of the building is rectangular with a hipped roof.
  3. Can Barnils

    Eduard Maria Balcells Buigas

    Can Barnils

    Isolated house surrounded by a large garden. It has a rectangular structure, ground floor and main floor. Three bodies have been differentiated on the main façade by means of the central body that protrudes above the façade and by a porch at the entrance door crowned by a balcony with a railing of latticework with a floral theme. There is abundant floral theme decoration on the windows too. A frieze separates the first floor from the crowning of the façade. On one of the lateral sides a lookout tower rises. The façades are plastered with fake stone veneer and the central body is plastered white. On October 10, 1908, Mr. Manuel Mir requested the building permit, according to the project of Eduard M. Balcells.
  4. Mònaco House

    Eduard Maria Balcells Buigas

    Mònaco House

    Square building with symmetrical axial distribution, according to the entrance axis which is indicated by a canopy balcony. The façades are plastered. The window sills, the cornices, and the roof railings are of traditional moulded mortar and with vegetal patterns.
  5. Angela Gual Canudes House

    Eduard Maria Balcells Buigas

    Angela Gual Canudes House

    City-garden typology home built on a quadrangular space, surrounded by a brick fence with a combination of grating and chamfering at the corner of the door. The building is a rectangular cube with ground floor, main floor and attic, covered on two sides with an open turret that includes a staircase around which the composition revolves. The entrance angle is occupied by a porch open to the garden. It is white with a combination of stone and ceramics of different colours: mainly green, yellow, red and gold. Great vertical emphasis given by the pinion-shaped gables, windows, tower and tribune in a conical shape and triangular base. The decoration, Mackintosh type, is typical of Balcells' early modernism, which follows the same guidelines as in the Mestres house in Cerdanyola. The interior is divided into two floors: on the ground floor, there is the hall leading to the dining room, where there is a large fireplace, and in the middle, there is the staircase leading to the first floor. On one side we can find the kitchen and the toilet, and on the other a room. On the first floor, there are four bedrooms, one of them with a cabinet and a gallery. In the turret there is a spiral staircase and the materials used are stone and tile cladding. A project was made in 1910 before the existing one. When the tower was built (1912), the project was completely modified. On the other hand, Gual Tower is part of the most constructive period in the town, years 1910-1920, when Cardedeu was definitively transformed into a summer resort, one of the most important in the eastern Vallès along with La Garriga.
  6. Vapor Sampere Factory Building

    Eduard Maria Balcells Buigas

    El projecte completa una illa de cases ocupada per les restes del Vapor Sampere, un dels exponents principals de l’arquitectura industrial del començament del segle XX a Sabadell. La volumetria de l’edifici i el tractament de les façanes vénen determinats per les diferents condicions de l’entorn. La màxima alçària té lloc al xamfrà Tres Creus/Sallarès i Pla, i la mínima al carrer Turull. Cap a la banda sud, amb les millors vistes al Vapor, l’edifici s’obre amb una diagonal trencada que transforma l’espai interior en un recinte semipúblic. La façana exterior combina la disposició del maó vist, les finestres i les lluernes de les caixes d’escala per tal de trencar la monotonia. Un cop definida la volumetria i la pell, els habitatges disposen les sales d’estar a la banda sud, tancada amb persianes projectables de fusta que matisen la llum solar i permeten l’ús de les galeries exteriors gairebé durant tot l’any.
  7. Genís i Pont Office

    Eduard Maria Balcells Buigas

    Genís i Pont Office

    Office located in a corner between two streets, composed of ground floor and a main floor. The building underwent renovations and has a very simple and almost free floor plan. The façades follow a modernist style, presenting a great wealth of ornamentation, with a great variety of motifs and materials (stone, stucco, ceramics, wrought iron, etc.). The office forms a functional unit with the adjacent building. The first floor has a balcony with a couple of windows on each side.
  8. Joan Carol Prat Mausoleum

    Eduard Maria Balcells Buigas

    Joan Carol Prat Mausoleum

    Mausoleum of Joan Carol Prat, built in 1918 by the architect Eduard M. Balcells Buïgas and the sculptor Metzner. Four columns with a rectangular base on each side that support a stepped structure with the tomb stand on a stone plinth. A large cross and a figure in front of it stands at the back. Three of the columns are flanked by a figure holding a small column with both hands. The entire tomb is made of stone with the surname Carol engraved on the front.
  9. Generalife House

    Eduard Maria Balcells Buigas

    Generalife House

    Large house following the Arabic decoration and construction. It consists of two floors and maintains a rectangular structure. The walls are plastered in white and the windows are horseshoe arches with neo-Arabic ornamental details - arcades and sgraffitos similar to those of the Alhambra. At the back of the house, a tower that is crowned by a dome rises, with ceramic decoration in white and blue stripes. In the same area, there is another construction for the country house that maintains a similar but not as elaborate structure.
  10. Masia Rocabruna

    Eduard Maria Balcells Buigas

    Casal situat a uns 12 metres de l'antic mas de Rocabruna, amb el qual s'hi uneix mitjançant un corredor alçat fet en pedra. El casal, de planta més o menys quadrada, és construït en pedra, combinant la calcaria grisenca amb l'arenisca vermellosa. La construcció, que simula un castell, és de tres plantes i té la coberta a quatre vents, amb cúpula central. La façana principal queda tancada mitjançant dues torres, la de llevant una mica més alta que la de ponent (que imita el romànic). El centre de la façana presenta dues grans balconades sospeses per columnes ornamentades amb capitells on s'hi troben esculpits animals rapinyaires i decoracions florals. A totes les cares de l'edifici s'hi veuen elements neoromànics, neogòtics, modernistes, i altres elements característics de l'arquitectura eclèctica. L'interior, avui buit, és centrat per una gran escala de pedra picada, que acaba imitant un claustre. La llum hi ve donada per una cúpula ornamentada amb vitralls. Un fabricant de llanes de Sabadell, Joan Gorina, compra la mercaderia d'un vaixell alemany, retinguda al port de Barcelona, a molt bon preu. Va revendre les mercaderies a França i Itàlia, fent fortuna. Gorina tenia el caprici de construir-se un castell, i amb els diners obtinguts comprà el mas Rocabruna i les masoveries del Guell, La vila i L'alou, encarregant a un arquitecte la construcció d'un castell al costat de l'antic mas de Rocabruna. En tres anys (1918-1920) fou enllestida la construcció. L'antiga casa es destinà al majordom i criats, i a la nova construcció s'hi preparen les dependencies necessàries per la residencia, a més d'un museu, sala d'armes, capella, sala de música, billar... entre altres. Anys després la família Gorina va comprar el mas Rocafort i altres masos propers. Des de l'any 1980 és propietat de Saad Bin Abdul Al Saul, príncep de l'Aràbia, des d'aleshores és pràcticament impossible d'accedir a la propietat.

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