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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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The waters belonging to the clubs’ small swimming pools that occupied the Barceloneta beach have been grouped in a new building and distributed in three swimming pools, one of them covered and with bleachers.

The complex, built in three stages, occupies the grounds of the old Baths of Sant Sebastià, demolished because of their ruin-like state. Bathing in the new swimming pools at a height of 4m above the beach establishes an almost continuous visual relationship between the framed freshwater and the open sea water.

On the ground floor, the entrance to the complex gives access to changing rooms, gyms and warehouses. In the basement there is a parking lot. At the water surface level and on the opposite side of the beach there are other changing rooms, saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, a social lounge for the club and a bar-restaurant. On the roof, there is a pediment with bleachers.

It is all built in exposed concrete, treated for exteriors by the sea, to be part of the family of isolated and industrial port buildings in the area (increasingly decorated, more majestically).

Author: Martínez Lapeña-Torres Arquitectos

The program of the new project included two areas: an indoor pool and a family outdoor pool, with a sun terrace and a garage for boats. The indoor pool building is divided into three floors. On the ground floor there is the main entrance, the register pool glass, the reception, a small administration and a gym. On the second floor there is a swimming pool, changing rooms and control rooms. On the third floor there are stands for spectators and an outdoor pediment. The structure of the building is made of gray reinforced concrete walls, treated for the exterior, as it is a material of rapid execution and can stand the aggressions of the environment. Canopies, eaves and cantilevers are protected with a copper plate. A single longitudinal opening visually connects the surface of fresh water with the sea.

Author: Maurici Pla

Source: Catalunya : guia d'arquitectura moderna, 1880-2007


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