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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

External Collaborators:

2019-2023 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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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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edittio Nubilum

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José Toral es titula a l’Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona el 2003. El 2005 funda a Barcelona, juntament amb Marta Peris, l’estudi peris+toral.arquitectes, la obra construïda del qual es concentra en l’àmbit de l’habitatge públic col·lectiu i l’espai urbà.

En l’àmbit docent, José Toral exerceix com a professor de Projectes a l’Escola d’Arquitectura Superior de Barcelona, en el curs de Taller Temàtic “Projecte urbà i Espai públic”, i ha exercit també com a professor de l’escola de disseny IED en el Màster “Interior design for comertial spaces” el 2014 i de la UIC en el Taller “Arquitectura de emergència x 10” el 2010.

Durant la seva trajectòria professional ha participat en diferents conferencies com la “East Coast/West Coast HABITAT” a Lisboa el 2016; “Construtect” a Madrid el 2016; “EGGA European General Galvanizrs Association” a Sevilla el 2016; “Premio FAD” al COAC de Tarragona el 2010 i “Concursos de vivienda del IBAVI” edifici d’habitatges a Son Servera, COAIB Palma de Mallorca el 2010, entre d’altres.

El seu treball ha sigut publicat a nombroses revistes nacionals i internacionals i ha sigut reconegut per diferents premis com Sortlisted EU MIES AWARD 2017, Premi EMPORIA d’arquitectura efímera 2017, Finalista ARCHITIZER AWARD 2017, Menció Premi CONSTRUMAT 2015, Premi 3ª MOSTRA D’ARQUITECTURA DEL MARESME 2011, Premi AJAC Joves Arquitectes 2010, Finalista Premi FAD 2009, Finalista Premi SALONI ARQUITECTURA 2009, Premi AJAC Joves Arquitectes 2004 i Premi DRAGADOS de PFC 2004, entre d’altres.

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  1. 36 Social Housing Units for Young People in Can Caralleu

    Peris+Toral Arquitectes, Marta Peris Eugenio, José Manuel Toral Fernández

    36 Social Housing Units for Young People in Can Caralleu

    As a result of a public tender, a building which will consists of 36 rental homes destined for young people is built. The project is organised in two pieces that rest on the same base and that are connected by a wall that gives unity to the complex, while separating the public space from the private. Thanks to a mechanism of small setbacks, the proximity between buildings is nuanced and the point of greatest tension of the whole is extended. The volume was emptied with the removal of the house facing north of the top floor and the creation of access porches on the ground floor. The type of plant groups four homes per landing of 40m2 of surface each. All homes enjoy double orientation and cross ventilation. The house is organised from a central core that brings together the server spaces, thus causing a double circulation that allows the space to be perceived as unlimited so that it never goes back. Room and living room are read as a continuous and flexible space.
  2. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Edificis d’Ús Residencial de Promoció Pública

    Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    36 Social Housing Units for Young People in Can Caralleu

  3. Provisional Tourist Information Point in Plaça de les Glòries

    Peris+Toral Arquitectes, Izaskun González, Marta Peris Eugenio, José Manuel Toral Fernández

    Provisional Tourist Information Point in Plaça de les Glòries

    The temporary building is part of the temporary urbanisation of Les Glòries Square. It is a pedestrian shade-house, its program is an information space, an exhibition area and a bicycle rental point. The ephemeral condition of the temporary building, which can be dismantled and reused, determines the choice of the structural system: a scaffolding capable of minimising its footprint in the territory and a materiality according to the context of the works. The linear piece consists of a triple envelope: a waterproof and translucent polycarbonate skin, a shading mesh and a protective metal mesh. The overlap of the three blurs the outline of the building-passage to blend in with the environment, being permeable to step, gaze and air. During the day, depending on the position of the sun, transparencies, shadows and reflections achieve a changing perception of the building from both inside and outside.
  4. Urban Development of Green Spaces on Verdi Mònaco Streets

    Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona (AMB), Peris+Toral Arquitectes, Marta Peris Eugenio, José Manuel Toral Fernández

    Urban Development of Green Spaces on Verdi Mònaco Streets

    On an interurban scale, the project seeks to enhance the continuity of the green axis that joins different parks and squares. On a local scale, the aim is to articulate the routes that converge on the site and create a children's play area. The proposal connects the pre-existing pedestrian crossings, looking for the shortest route with sufficient development to achieve practicable slopes without architectural barriers. The topography is modified to generate two dunes of grass, carpeted and bushy, that isolate them from traffic and a gentle depression that limits children's games. The topographic jump is used as a bench and removes the fences that separate children from adults, without giving up the feeling of protection. The yellow rubber dune and the bench turn the topography into a game and suggest to the child a limit of action. The games are collective to enhance participation over individual play, and transparent to facilitate the adult's visual control in distance.
  5. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Shortlisted. Category: Intervencions Paisatgístiques i Ordenació d’Espais Urbans

    Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Urban Development of Green Spaces on Verdi Mònaco Streets

  6. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Shortlisted. Category: Intervencions Parcials. Inclou Intervencions Interiors i Exteriors, Efímeres o Permanents

    Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Provisional Tourist Information Point in Plaça de les Glòries

  7. Ciutat de Granada-Bolívia Housing for the Elderly, Social Centre and Primary Healthcare Centre

    Bonell i Gil Arquitectes, Peris+Toral Arquitectes, Esteve Bonell i Costa, Josep Maria Gil i Guitart, Marta Peris Eugenio, José Manuel Toral Fernández

    Ciutat de Granada-Bolívia Housing for the Elderly, Social Centre and Primary Healthcare Centre

    The priority of the project is to make the differentiated operation of the spaces of the building and their fit in the particular urban volume of the environment compatible. In a broad view of the territory, the relevance of the plot to 22@ requires the construction of a building for the 21st century Barcelona, in an area of the city that changes the traditional volume of the Eixample. In a closer look, the building will be part of an attic in which the formal prominence of the Agbar tower is imposed and the presence of two more buildings, the volumes of which, as in the neighbouring attic, are not continued on the Diagonal Avenue’s façade and are presented as detached buildings oriented on the sea-mountain axis. From a functional point of view, the building must assume the programmatic complexity, through a unitary building and accommodate three entities of different consideration (primary medical centre, social centre and sheltered housing), where the public or private character are issues to consider. We propose a unitary building, a mixture of different volumes. A two-storey plinth supported on the streets of Ciutat de Granada and Bolívia, contains the outbuildings for the primary medical centre and the social centre, and at the same time will support the three volumes for housing. Its distribution in the form of a fan is essential to solve the sun of the houses and to understand and complete the plot. Thus, the new building, despite its smaller size, is not only able to "rebalance" the prominence of the Agbar tower within the plot, but, through the sequence of voids and full, manages to establish a dialogue with the buildings of the neighbouring plot. The order of the façade continues to disappear, and a volumetric "new order" is imposed, permeable between the street and the interior of the block.
  8. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)


    Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Ciutat de Granada-Bolívia Housing for the Elderly, Social Centre and Primary Healthcare Centre

  9. 54 Public Apartments in Bonpastor

    Peris+Toral Arquitectes, Marta Peris Eugenio, José Manuel Toral Fernández

    The block consists of five aggregation units, four of which have two dwellings per landing. The fifth aggregation unit of the front wall is made up of three houses per floor, to orient the rooms to the south and form a façade, instead of a front wall. The double-orientation house orients the day area to the views of the Besòs and the planned adjoining park, while the rooms are oriented to a more domestic street belonging to the new Bon Pastor planning. The arrangement of the bathroom nucleus in the centre of the ground plan allows circulation to be articulated around it, which not only makes the house appear larger, but also allows alternative paths. Thus, it is possible to reach the kitchen without going through the living room. The free-standing central piece allows a certain permeability of the ground plan, both to the air from cross ventilation and to the gaze, so that the nighttime and daytime areas are more interrelated with long views that cross the house from façade to façade. That same central position allows the typology on the ground floor to be symmetrical so that the living rooms are oriented, seeking privacy, towards the patios that the planning provides on the west façade. The double circulation loops are not only activated around the bathroom but also through the rooms. A pass-through terrace shared by the three rooms lengthens the walk through the house, minimising airtight spaces. The use of exposed brick, as a materiality determined by the planning, is an opportunity to introduce lattices that allow texturing the base of the building and naturally ventilate the parking lot and the stairs. On the ground floor, a chamber unfolds the enclosing wall of the patios and the façade of the rooms, where it alternates with a terrace that allows not only the natural ventilation of the parking lot, but also generates privacy, as a filter between the street and the house. The metal balcony system offers a support structure capable of incorporating metal meshes that allow the growth of vegetation such as sunscreen, clothes lines and textiles.
  10. 85 Social Housing Units in Cornellà

    Peris+Toral Arquitectes, Marta Peris Eugenio, José Manuel Toral Fernández

    85 Social Housing Units in Cornellà

    The building is organized around a courtyard that links a sequence of intermediate spaces. On the ground floor, a portico open to the city anticipates the doorway of the building and filters the relationship between public space and the communal courtyard that acts as a small plaza for the community. Instead of entering each of the building’s hallways directly and independently from the outer façade, the four communication shafts are located in the four corners of the courtyard, so that all the inhabitants come together and meet in the courtyardplaza. On the typical floor, access to the dwellings is via the private terraces that make up the ring of outdoor spaces overlooking the courtyard. The building’s general floor plan is organized by means of a layout of communicating rooms. There are 114 spaces per floor, 543 in the building, of similar dimensions, that eliminate private and communal passageways to make full use of the surface area. The server spaces are arranged in the central ring while the rest of the rooms, of undifferentiated uses and size, approximate 13 m2, run along the façade, presenting themselves to different forms of occupation. Another terrace in the outer ring completes the spatial sequence, the row of spaces interconnected by large openings, permeable to air, sight and movement. The 85 dwellings are distributed in four groupings, with a total of 18 units per floor. Four or five homes are laid out around each nucleus, so that all typologies have cross ventilation and dual orientation. The homes consist of five or six modules, depending on whether they have two or three bedrooms. The inclusive, open-plan kitchen is located in the central room, acting as a distributor that replaces passages, while making domestic work visible and avoiding fixed gender roles. The size of the rooms, in addition to offering flexibility based on ambiguity of use and functional indeterminacy, allows an optimal structural space for the wooden structure. As this is social housing, to ensure economic viability the volume of wood required has been optimized to 0.24 m3 per square metre of built area.
  11. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner (opinion). Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    85 Social Housing Units in Cornellà