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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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Arquitecte, urbanista, professor i teòric de l’arquitectura. Titulat el 1928. Fou un dels membres fundadors del GATCPAC. A causa de la Guerra Civil es traslladà als EUA, on desenvolupà gran part de la seva obra.

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  1. López House

    GATCPAC, Josep Lluís Sert

    López House

    It constitutes a personal interpretation of the housing concept inherited by Le Corbusier. The houses are organised on two levels, with independent accesses. On both floors, a small central distributor gives access to all rooms. Downstairs there is the living room, dining room, kitchen, a bedroom and the restroom areas. The rest of the bedrooms are upstairs, plus a gallery that surrounds the living room and leads to the small balcony in the corner. The organisation in duplex housing is reflected in the façade, which alters the conventional scale and proposes a more dignified image of urban housing.
  2. Roca Jeweller's

    GATCPAC, Josep Lluís Sert

    Roca Jeweller's

    During the 1930s, Barcelona was carrying out a process of internationalisation of Catalan culture and Passeig de Gràcia was becoming the most elegant and prestigious promenade of the moment. Rogeli Roca, who was a jeweler very interested in contemporary design and avant-garde movements, decided to move the family jewelry store that was located on Les Rambles, in front of the Liceu Theatre, and take it to the corner of Passeig de Gràcia with Gran Via. He was a friend of Sert's and entrusted him with the project. This is a good example of how to intervene courageously in an existing building, although current regulations would not allow such an action to be proposed due to the protection of the Eixample. Sert's proposal is radical and consistent with the possibilities offered by the metallic structure of the building, which remained hidden under the neoclassical façades of the Eixample. The new façade is completely freed from the restrictions of the load-bearing walls and is conceived as a light enclosure. A translucent skin, executed with polished and reflective materials, which radically contrasts with the matt texture and opacity of the render. This façade caused much controversy in the society of the moment.
  3. Escola Josep Maria Folch i Torres

    GATCPAC, Josep Lluís Sert, Josep Torres Clavé

    La Generalitat Republicana fue muy sensible a la propuesta del GATCPAC de definir unos nuevos estándares que facilitaran la implantación masiva de escuelas en toda Cataluña y se empezaron a promover algunos prototipos que respondían a este objetivo. Éste es el caso del Grupo Escolar Folch i Torres, que se había planteado como un prototipo para las escuelas de educación infantil: estaba concebido a partir de un módulo funcional y repetible que permitía dimensionar y ampliar las escuelas en función del número de estudiantes. Este grupo estaba formado por dos módulos (dos escuelas) que, previendo una posible ampliación, se construyeron en un extremo del solar, dejando los laterales ciegos para la futura conexión. En los años cincuenta se hizo una ampliación en la fachada oeste, sin respetar el sistema originario de módulos idénticos. El GATCPAC promovía una serie de conceptos arquitectónicos que debían tenerse en cuenta al construir una escuela: espacio y mobiliario proporcionados a las dimensiones del niño, buena orientación y fácil conexión de las aulas con el exterior, buena ventilación y máxima iluminación. Con estas premisas se construyeron las escuelas de Palau.
  4. Bloc House

    GATCPAC, Josep Lluís Sert, Joan Baptista Subirana i Subirana, Josep Torres Clavé

    Bloc House

    It is a recreation of the proposal for à redent housing, formulated by Le Corbusier in 1922 for an urban fabric with a density of 300 inhabitants per hectare and luxurious housing. The GATCPAC project, aimed at social housing, also places the complex in a north-south direction, so that housing is always oriented to the south and east. Each home is accessed via a long, covered corridor that is always on the north and west side. The blocks, long and narrow, are solved with a metal structure of two passages. The ground floor has a covered terrace in front of the living room. Upstairs, each pair of bays has three bedrooms, so the central bedroom is compensated. The resulting density is 1,140 inhabitants per hectare, much lower than that of traditional urban fabrics on closed house squares.
  5. Grup Escolar Els Convents

    GATCPAC, Josep Lluís Sert

    En 1935, Sert proyectó dos edificios escolares para el Ayuntamiento de Martorell: el grupo escolar Montserrat, en el barrio de Can Carreres, y el grupo escolar Els Convents, en el huerto del antiguo Convento de los Capuchinos. El grupo Els Convents tiene una planta en L que deja el patio de juegos orientado a sur, contra la montaña. Está formada por tres módulos (tres escuelas) unidos por un pasillo en L que pasa de un lado al otro del edificio, según la orientación. El volumen tiene dos plantas y se apoya sobre un gran muro de piedra que sirve de contención. Sert defendía el hormigón armado como material básico de construcción para cumplir las exigencias que imponía la funcionalidad, negando la aplicación gratuita de elementos ornamentales. A finales de los años sesenta la construcción de la autopista A-7 perjudicó una parte importante de los espacios abiertos del grupo Els Convents y se realizaron algunas modificaciones posteriores en el lado sur del edificio. También se derribó la casa del conserje, obra de Sert. Son uno de los pocos ejemplos que quedan de las construcciones escolares de Sert, lo que les da una especial importancia y hace imprescindible su recuperación.
  6. Preventori Escola del Segell Pro-Infància Can Xifré

    GATCPAC, Josep Lluís Sert

    Esta escuela se construyó como anexo al antiguo hospital Can Xifré, para los niños con tuberculosis, pero nunca llegó a funcionar a causa de la Guerra Civil. Actualmente es la sede del Centro de Documentación y Estudios Salvador Espriu. El edificio está formado por dos módulos educativos, separados por una crujía de acceso, con distribuidor y servicios. Cinco crujías en total. Cada una está cubierta por una bóveda catalana que ya no se apoya sobre muros portantes, sino sobre jácenas, lo que aumenta la amplitud del espacio. Es un edificio blanco, de volumetría abstracta y contundente, propia de los CIAM, que se apoya sobre un basamento de piedra. Las aulas dan a una terraza orientada a sur, que sirve para dar clases al aire libre y está protegida por una losa de hormigón que sigue la estética del maquinismo, como el ala de un avión. El encargo fue realizado por el Sello proinfancia, una organización creada durante la Segunda República, en 1933, que tenía la misión de recaudar dinero para la construcción y mantenimiento de edificios dedicados a la prevención de la tuberculosis. El dinero que se recaudaba provenía de la venta de sellos en Navidad.
  7. Tuberculosis Clinic

    GATCPAC, Josep Lluís Sert, Joan Baptista Subirana i Subirana, Josep Torres Clavé

    Tuberculosis Clinic

    The building, intended to cover a sanitary need that was very common at the time, does not meet the street alignments but is organised into two parallel bodies oriented from east to west and articulated in an L shape. You enter the enclosure through a semi-public garden that gives direct access to both bodies. The block on the north side contains the surgeries, laboratories and archives. The body at the bottom of the site houses the conference room and the library on the upper floors. The layout of all the rooms, the circulation system and the treatment of the façades respond to a rigorous monitoring of the program and the solar abacus, regardless of the constraints of the location. It is a model of inserting the concepts of rationalism into a fabric that is not taken into account, and which is implicitly criticised for the strict functionality of the building itself.
  8. Les Escales Park

    Josep Anglada Rosselló, Daniel Gelabert i Fontova, José Ribas i González, Josep Lluís Sert

    Les Escales Park

    The project was carried out in two phases, as it was necessary to dispense with some initially designed blocks and compensate for the available buildability on a smaller plot of land. The set consists of the aggregation of a repeated unit containing two duplex dwellings. Each unit has two blind walls on either side that allow aggregation with the neighbouring unit. The living room is on the sunny façades, arranged in an L and with a large, covered terrace in front. The kitchens, dining rooms and service galleries are on the north façades. The bedroom floor is accessed via a staircase in the side wall, accompanied in some cases by a gap above the living room. The combination of symmetry with seriality or the system of unit aggregation reflects an interpretation of the concepts of rationalism that is typical of the 1960s.
  9. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Joan Miró Foundation

  10. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Les Escales Park

  11. Joan Miró Foundation

    Josep Anglada Rosselló, Daniel Gelabert i Fontova, José Ribas i González, Josep Lluís Sert

    Joan Miró Foundation

    It is the most significant exponent of Sert’s work in Barcelona during his American phase. The museum space is conceived as a circular route around a courtyard that links several spaces of not very large dimensions, and with a clear discrimination of their functions. The route folds over itself in search of the longest dimension and invites the visitor to the slowness or stillness in the contemplation of the works. The specific lighting of each area combines the zenithal light, distributed and nuanced, and the light coming from the glazed enclosures, which offer a certain visual contact with the surrounding garden. In addition to the central courtyard, two more courtyards, to the north and to the east, relate the Foundation’s space to the panoramic view of the city. The roof is also understood as an exhibition space. The entire wall system is made up of concrete screens that leave the joints between the load-bearing reinforcements and the enclosures -which are prefabricated- visible. It is a conception of the museum space that puts all the attention in the relationship between a certain type of work and the architectural environment, a synthesis between art and architecture that was one of the most pursued milestones by a whole generation of modern architects.


  • Perspectiva del Dispensari Antituberculós.


    Perspectiva del Dispensari Antituberculós.

    Arxiu Històric del COAC

  • Diorama del Pla Macià.


    Diorama del Pla Macià.

    © Fons Josep Torres Clavé / Arxiu Històric del COAC

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