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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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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  1. Installations Consultancy of the Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC)

    Studio PER, Pep Bonet Bertran, Cristian Cirici i Alomar

    Installations Consultancy of the Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC)

    The offices take up the entire top floor of a building intended for offices, with a trapezoidal plan and three façades built on the basis of a fiber cement sill, while the rest is made entirely of glass. The structure is based on metal portals. The office program to be installed on that free floor consisted of a reception, a secretary, a meeting room, a visiting room, two offices intended for technicians, an office for an administrator, a library, a draftsman's room and health services for employees and the public. An air conditioning system had to be installed for all the rooms for the summer. In the whole distribution, the existing façade was an important condition, which due to the type and dimensions of the openings, only normally allowed and in a façade perimeter of 40 metres the delivery of dividing partitions in 8 fixed points. Another condition was the pillars of the structure, which, due to their situation in the plan, made it difficult to build partitions precisely at those points where deliveries with the external enclosure were easier. The third condition was to obtain some natural lighting even for the spaces that remained inside and did not receive direct light from the outside. Using a special profile to solve the delivery of the partitions with the façade carpentry, the possible delivery points were increased; and by retracting the dividing walls forming angled windows in each displacement, it was possible to separate the structure of the partitions and give some natural lighting even to the reception, which is the innermost space of the offices. To visually isolate the offices from the outside, protect them from the summer sun, and make the installation of air conditioning as economical as possible, the entire façade has been protected with "American" type windows of white plastic, which separated in their lower part from the face of the façade, create an air chamber between the shutters and the façade, very favourable to avoid a higher heat transmission. To allow the passage of the air conditioning conductors, the false ceiling of the rooms that ventilate directly to the outside have been placed at a higher level than the rest, and between both levels the grilles of air expulsion have been placed. All the rooms in the program are closed spaces except the secretariat, which is separated from the outside only by a counter and a wardrobe hanging from the upper floor and which visually isolates both environments. All the doors, except for the sanitary ones, are of acid-treated glass to give greater illumination to the interior rooms while preserving privacy. In the partitions and during their construction, drilled metal profiles were placed that serve as supports for most of the office furniture.
  2. 'ÒRIM, otro' Joan Miró's Exhibition and Mural at the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

    Studio PER, Pep Bonet Bertran, Cristian Cirici i Alomar, Lluís Clotet i Ballús, Oscar Tusquets Blanca

    'ÒRIM, otro' Joan Miró's Exhibition and Mural at the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

    It was the end of 1968 when the partner architects of Studio PER (Pep Bonet, Cristian Cirici, Lluís Clotet and Oscar Tusquets), who had just turned twenty-seven, received a commission from the College of Architects of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands to write and edit a counter-exhibition at the school headquarters - which we titled Orim, otro (Miró written backwards) - of the anthological exhibition organised by Barcelona City Council in the Gothic part of the old Hospital de la Santa Creu. Despite the difficulties that the dictatorship of General Franco posed for opening up abroad, we felt very close to the events of May 1968 in Paris. Barcelona was, at that time, a more cosmopolitan city than it is now, because it is still a city in which its tourist success is diluting its personality. We keep an indelible memory of those months in which we were working on the project, advised by Joan Brossa, Alexandre Cirici, Pere Portabella, Joan Prats and Antoni Tàpies, and especially of the relationship with Joan Miró. During a dinner at the Reno, we presented our script to Joan Miró, asked him for an artistic intervention on the glass around the ground floor of the school and set a date to visit his studio in Mallorca and choose some original paintings that should be part of the exhibition. Oscar Tusquets and I went to Miró's studio. His house was pretty kitsch. A fishbowl on a kind of inner parterre was the most memorable architectural element of the living room, where we waited for him to come down from his bedroom. He apologized, saying that it was his wife Pilar’s territory, who chose his architect brother to carry out the project. He immediately led us to his studio, a building of great architectural quality and very much lived by Miró, full of his work in progress, clippings from magazines and newspapers and various objects of primitive African art. We were very impressed with the paintings he was working on. Our script proposed dividing the exhibition into two well-differentiated spaces, separated by the staircase that leads to the so-called Picasso Room and which we proposed to close laterally and above as if it were a steep tunnel. The lower space would be dedicated to Miró’s work from before the Civil War; and the space above, to post-war works. The stairwell between the two spaces would signify the dark times of the war, and a film that we commissioned to Pere Portabella would be shown. We designed the different nooks and crannies to put the paintings and objects in the exhibition, with the materials of the formwork that the construction company that we most appreciated in those days, and which has unfortunately disappeared from the market, selflessly provided us: Famadas, SA. In terms of content, although Miró, Prats and Tàpies offered us original works from their private collections, we only used the works that had the most didactic possibilities and a more contentious attitude. We were not interested in the great works; they could already be seen in the great exhibition of the Hospital de la Santa Creu. A large part of our exhibition consisted of a selection of enlarged photographs of fragments of paintings in which Miró’s symbolism was present, such as the female sex represented by genitalia or chaplains passing through the ring, as can be seen in the engravings of the Barcelona series. But our script also included asking Joan Miró to do some work on the glass that surrounds the ground floor of the headquarters of the College of Architects, in Nova Square. We imagined that, at best, he would paint his signature, but his enthusiastic response was to paint a mural in four colours and black. Each of the screenwriters was assigned a colour and he chose black, applied to the broom and to correct what we had to paint moments before. It was, in large dimensions, the same attitude that led Miró, in the last stage of his life as an artist, to paint on anonymous paintings that he bought in provincial exhibitions.
  3. Historical Archive of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

    Studio PER, Pep Bonet Bertran, Cristian Cirici i Alomar

    Historical Archive of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

    Our intention in this project was to make the equivalent of a Coca-Cola delivery truck in architecture: a container that is easy to identify and cleans up the chaos of a pile of boxes with bottles of different sizes, from the average to the family size. The space defined by the COACB building, enclosed by a curtain wall, in which the Historical Archive was to be installed, and our inability to design in a short time, and for a few units, filing cabinets for plans, pages, cards and slides as economic and effective as those of the market were essential at the time of making a decision. We will further explain both concepts. The location of a building with a curtain wall on an open floor was responsible for the position of the entire archive in the centre of the enclosure, with the peripheral circulations so as not to contradict a type of façade designed to free it from furniture. The curtain wall. The curtain wall of the existing façade was also responsible for raising the pavement to correct the defects of the building, which has a sill that is too high. On a more anecdotal level, it has been responsible for the dark tone of our intervention in contrast to the bright white of the pre-existing environment, as well as of the carpet that covers the new part in contrast to the existing parquet. After this project, and making a certain generalisation of our experience, we risk making the statement that the curtain wall has many possibilities in an office building. Recognising our inability to design and produce effective filing cabinets manually (by effective we understand that the drawers open and close smoothly), which were also transportable and at the same time could be expanded if the file grew, but without having to resort to the architects and artisans who had built them, we chose to select the set of filing cabinets that, in our opinion, were the best designed. We would like to point out that not even the most powerful manufacturers of office furniture have bothered to coordinate the sizes between filing cabinets intended for different uses, nor do the handles of all of them respond to the same design criteria. Our decision of using industrially produced file cabinets responds to an attitude in which we are particularly interested, because we believe it responds to a very simple case of what are the most important commissions in interior architecture. How can you design a supermarket without thinking that one of those huge fridges should be used for frozen products, cheese or milk? How can a bar be designed without thinking that inside there will be an Italian coffee machine full of fluorescent plastics, and without thinking that the owner will soon install a couple of jukeboxes between the tables? How is it possible to think about the design of an office if we forget that its image will be partly made up of filing cabinets, typewriters and Coca-Cola refrigerators? The result of this attitude is a certain visual chaos of filing cabinets of different sizes and with different handle systems. A chaos that we try to organise with the use of a single dark colour for all types of file cabinets and the introduction of cylindrical wooden shelves and supports that, solving the functional problem of work surfaces for those who work in the historical archive, introduce a visual order. Just as the neat pilasters of the Palazzo Taruffi maintain the monumentality of a building with asymmetrically arranged openings, the wooden cylinders in the corners of the Historical Archive are visually important enough to admit a certain chaos in the design and layout of the filing cabinets. To reassure functionalists, we will say that the function of these columns is to solve the problem of the corners that file cabinet manufacturers have not solved.
  4. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Interior Design
    Historical Archive of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

  5. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Interior Design
    Manufactures Llambés

  6. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Interior Design
    Match Shop

  7. Tapisseries Profitós Factory

    Studio PER, Pep Bonet Bertran, Cristian Cirici i Alomar

    Tapisseries Profitós Factory

    Our architectural proposal integrated in a single building the different types of space needed both for the integral manufacture of upholstered furniture and for the administration of the company itself and the marketing of its products. The external expression of the spatial requirements of the various activities that had to be carried out in the building is evident in the different free heights of the various sectors, as well as in the treatment of natural light based on large windows in the façade area in which the offices are located, and groups of four modular skylights to capture overhead light in the workshop area, and finally the total absence of natural light in the materials and finished product storage area. The triangular shape in plan is worth noting, with its hypotenuse aligned with the access road, as the most effective to allow the future growth of the building without having to modify its accesses, nor its façade, and not having to interrupt the activity while the hypothetical expansion works lasted. Unfortunately, a fire put an end to the building we had designed.
  8. Bricall House 1 and 2

    Studio PER, Pep Bonet Bertran, Cristian Cirici i Alomar

    Bricall House 1 and 2

    The house was designed as a second residence and was built on what had been the garden of a modernist house on the sea front. At the time, it was one of the first buildings in a half-developed street that was being formed at the borders of the gardens and exits of the houses on the sea front. Precisely the lack of defined environmental pre-existences, in a street that has evolved in a chaotic way in which blocks of up to seven floors are juxtaposed with single-family homes of ground floor and main floor, led us to consider the house as a construction separated from the neighbours and facing the block’s interior garden. The different spaces of the functional programme are located at different levels, which in a certain way are the landings of the scale of the vertical communication. The stairs take such a prominent place that, up to the bottom of the service staircase that goes up to the roof, it forms a complex roof of the dining room that is located below it. A few years later, we had the opportunity to grow the volume of the house, with the addition of two duplex apartments, with terraces and a swimming pool, forming a new set designed with the same formal language.
  9. Kuijlaars House

    Studio PER, Pep Bonet Bertran, Cristian Cirici i Alomar

    Kuijlaars House

    The house is accessed through the roof, which is connected to the street by a small bridge that allows the passage of vehicles. A cover protects cars parked under it from the sun and rain. The view of the house from the street is that of a large surface with rounded corners with several exempt and very light elements on it, reminiscent of a beach bar. The view of the house from the valley is a rather large white volume of about four floors high, which juts out from among a pine forest.
  10. Casa Bonet

    Pep Bonet Bertran

    Esta vivienda, realizada para el propio arquitecto, está situada en las inmediaciones del núcleo de Sant Antoni de Vilamajor, cerca de la vertiente meridional del macizo del Montseny, en un lugar en el que abundan parcelas de cultivo y construcciones agrícolas. La casa se alza como una crítica a la tipología de chalets convencionales y de su habitual falta de adecuación al entorno. Tomando como referencia el paisaje local, la vivienda se plantea como un “gallinero” abierto al exterior, cuyas características son: elementalidad en la construcción, integración en la escala del entorno, y una concreción dada por la objetividad de las necesidades. La construcción se realiza por partes en un proceso dilatado en el tiempo, respondiendo a requerimientos que fueron surgiendo. Hay una constante, no obstante, en la consideración climática y paisajística desde una actitud mimética hacia el lugar en el que se asienta. Esta actitud se aprecia en la definición de los límites del solar y la implantación de la casa: la parcela no tiene vallado, hay un camino de acceso que se rodea únicamente de vegetación perimetral y cultivo, imitando las construcciones agrícolas. En este caso, se requiere un atento estudio de la gradación del paso de público a privado. Esta vegetación que genera perímetros tiene funciones bien determinadas: definir la privacidad, el control climático y se añade al factor del crecimiento. El programa lo constituían, inicialmente, dos volúmenes perpendiculares entre sí y conectados por pérgolas. El volumen principal contenía la cocina, salón, comedor y baño; el segundo volumen servía de zona polivalente e instalaciones. Más tarde, se proveyó a la casa de dormitorios, y espacios de juego y trabajo. La casa mantiene el esquema inicial, pero se le fue dotando de pequeños espacios que la hacían más apta para el habitar cotidiano de la familia.
  11. House in El Maresme

    Studio PER, Pep Bonet Bertran, Cristian Cirici i Alomar

    House in El Maresme

    This house, initially designed as a family residence, has subsequently been subjected to several extensions and the landscaping of the outdoor space that surrounds it, which were not initially contemplated in order not to exceed a limited budget. No architectural separation has been built between the area used as a private garden and the rest of the property for agricultural use. The entire programme is developed on a single T-shaped plan, with the arms oriented towards the south. The façade is protected from the summer sun by a sloped roof porch, which is the extension of the roof on two tiled slopes of the whole house. It is built based on two sheets of brick walls, the exterior has a natural colour and the interior is painted white. The tiled roof rests on wooden beams, which at the same time rest on the interior brick wall. Bathrooms and kitchens are partially covered with broken pieces of marble.
  12. Cadí Tunnel Maintenance and Control Building

    Studio PER, Pep Bonet Bertran, Cristian Cirici i Alomar

    Cadí Tunnel Maintenance and Control Building

    Emplaçament L’edifici es troba en el municipi d’Urús, sobre la cota 1.200 i en el marge Est de la carretera d’accés al túnel, en el punt en que hi ha les cabines de peatge. Dit d’altre manera, es troba a uns 300 metres enllà, en sentit Cerdanya, de la boca Nord del Túnel del Cadí. Programa funcional del centre de manteniment i control La part més important de l’edifici, està dedicada a facilitar el manteniment del túnel i accessos, així com les seves instal·lacions. Es tracta de: garatges per a guardar-hi els camions llevaneus, un gran magatzem per a la sal que s’utilitza per prevenir les glaçades sobre la carretera, i diferents magatzems més petits per a guardar material de reposició de ventiladors, làmpades de recanvi pels aparells d’enllumenat, i material mòbil de senyalització. Altres dependències de l’edifici, estan més lligades al control remot del que succeeix en el túnel pròpiament dit i en els seus accessos, així com a la mesura de les variables atmosfèriques, a partir de les quals es comanden automàticament les turbines destinades a renovar-ne l’aire. Finalment, també hi ha instal·lades les oficines administratives de l’empresa concessionària, i els serveis necessaris com a base operativa de peatgistes i mantenidors de les instal·lacions i de les vies de tràfic pròpiament dites. Descripció de l’edifici L'edifici s'ha projectat en el punt de trobada entre el pendent de les muntanyes que formen la Serra del Moixeró i una esplanada, formada artificialment per a ubicar-hi les cabines i barreres del peatge, de tal manera que l’edifici té una sola façana que mira envers l’esplanada, ja que la façana posterior és, de fet, un mur de contenció de la muntanya. En planta té una forma semblant a una clau de serreta, i és per això que en transcurs de la seva construcció, entre els encarregats els tècnics i la propietat, ens hi referíem com: ”La Clau". El cap circular està ocupat pels garatges, magatzems, tallers i el control. L'orifici central del cap, és un pati de maniobres pels vehicles. La part dentada està ocupada per les altres dependències citades anteriorment. El tractament formal de la coberta de l'edifici és el mateix que el de la muntanya, doncs es tracta d'una coberta plana del tipus invertit amb grava procedent de la mateixa muntanya i amb certes àrees plantades amb la mateixa vegetació de turó baix que pobla el terreny natural circumdant. Aquesta coberta camuflada, te només algunes intervencions més arquitectòniques com una claraboia continua entre el forjat i el mur de contenció del terreny i un gran lluernari centrat en l'espai d'accés a l'edifici. Els materials i les tècniques constructives L’estructura resistent de l’edifici, és íntegrament de formigó armat, a base de pilars i bigues formigonades “in situ”, i biguetes prefabricades en forma de π recolzades sobre les esmentades bigues. Amb aquesta solució mixta, vàrem aconseguir reduir el temps d’execució de l’obra, importància en un indret en el que als hiverns són freds i molts dies és impossible formigonar. En les façanes, les finestres amb fusteria d’alumini, estan muntades sobre pre-marcs d’acer. Les targes superiors són de pavès, i en les parts opaques el disseny de l’especejament, combina franges a base de blocs de formigó, amb franges de maó. A la plaça interior, dissenyada per a maniobrar els vehicles, les portes dels diferents magatzems i garatges que l’envolten, estan composades a base de triangles pintats de diferents colors, com una forma d’identificar-les. Ara fa vint anys Al refer el que vaig escriure en acabar l’edifici, ara fa vint anys, recordo amb nostàlgia la forma de dirigir les obres d’aquella època. Un cop a la setmana després de travessar la collada de Tosses, molt sovint nevada, ens trobàvem a peu d’obra: L’Andrés Alcolea que era l’encarregat, en Santiago Sardà, en representació de FOCSA, en Bernardo Monclús, en representació de la propietat, i jo mateix. I després d’una jornada intensa trepitjant l’obra i sense el destorb dels telèfons mòbils, anàvem junts a dinar, i a taula, continuaven les converses entorn a l’obra, en la que tots col·laboràvem positivament i amb entusiasme. En fi, uns dies molt diferents als de les visites d’obra actuals, gairebé sempre visites virtuals en el sentit de no acariciar els pilars i murs, i trepitjar els forjats, i que es desenvolupen al voltant d’una taula situada en una barraca prefabricada, i en les que gairebé només es parla dels informes rebuts de les diferents empreses de control, i de preus contradictoris.
  13. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture
    Univers Square

  14. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Interior Design - Remodelling and Rehabilitation
    Air Conditioning of Pavilion Number 1 of the Fira de Barcelona

Archive (6)

  • Axonometria seccionada de les Cases Bricall 1 i 2.


    Axonometria seccionada de les Cases Bricall 1 i 2.

    Arxiu Històric del COAC

  • Axonometria de l'Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC).


    Axonometria de l'Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC).

    Arxiu Històric del COAC

  • Perspectiva de l'interior de l'Exposició 'ÒRIM, otro' de Joan Miró al Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC).


    Perspectiva de l'interior de l'Exposició 'ÒRIM, otro' de Joan Miró al Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC).

    © Fons Clotet, Tusquets, Paricio / Arxiu Històric del COAC

  • Cartell de l'Exposició 'ÒRIM, otro' de Joan Miró al Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC).


    Cartell de l'Exposició 'ÒRIM, otro' de Joan Miró al Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC).

  • Perspectiva de l'interior de l'Exposició 'ÒRIM, otro' de Joan Miró al Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC).


    Perspectiva de l'interior de l'Exposició 'ÒRIM, otro' de Joan Miró al Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC).

    Fons Clotet, Tusquets, Paricio / Arxiu Històric del COAC

  • Perspectiva de l'exterior de l'Exposició 'ÒRIM, otro' de Joan Miró al Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC).


    Perspectiva de l'exterior de l'Exposició 'ÒRIM, otro' de Joan Miró al Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC).

    © Fons Clotet, Tusquets, Paricio / Arxiu Històric del COAC

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