IAAC - Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia - Barcelona


The Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia is located in the Poblenou neighbourhood of Barcelona, in the recently created district known as 22@, a focus for companies and institutions oriented toward the knowledge society. The neighbourhood is close to the historic centre, the seafront, the Plaça de les Glòries and the Sagrera APT station, making it the most dynamic enclave in the city.

The IAAC is housed in an old factory building, with 2,000 m2 of space for research, production and dissemination of architecture, so that the space itself is a declaration of principles, embodying an experimental and productive approach to architecture. The IAAC premises include the Fab Lab Barcelona, an architecture and design oriented fabrication laboratory which is part of the global network of Fab Labs set up by The Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT. The Green Fab Lab, hosted in IAAC’s forest campus in the Valldaura Labs, is also part of the same global network, a fabrication laboratory this time oriented towards self sufficient and productive solutions.

The IAAC is engaged in a variety of research projects as well as workshops and courses, and special summer workshops, open to Spanish and international firms and institutions.


The Institute’s offices are open Monday to Friday, from 9.00-18.00.
The offices are closed on public holidays.


IAAC students have access to the studio, seven days a week.


The IAAC Auditorium seats up to 80 people, and is home to the IAAC Lecture Series, a free cultural event open to the public of Barcelona.



IAAC’s city campus digital fabrication laboratory, oriented to architecture and design, equipped with state of the art equipment such as laser cutters, 3D printers, milling machines and electronic components for creating artificial intelligence.


IAAC’s forrest campus digital fabrication laboratory, oriented to self sufficiency and productivity, equipped with state of the art equipment such as laser cutters, 3D printers, milling machines and electronic components for creating artificial intelligence.


IAAC’s library serves as a gateway to information with databases, books, journals, and primary research materials. The library also houses an extensive video collection of public lectures and final presentations from the Institute. The library catalogue is available for consultation at this link.


Architecture Gallery is located on the ground floor and has a total area of 800m².



The Institute provides students with a high quality and solid information infrastructure, including e-mail, wireless internet connection, and server service.
Network ports located throughout the studios allow students to have their own computers at their drafting station.
IAAC provides data projectors, digital cameras, 3-D printers, scanners, laser cutters and milling machines for individual student use.


Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia | Fab Lab Barcelona
Carrer de Pujades, 102
08005, Barcelona, Spain
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Green Fab Lab
Ctra. BV-1415 (Horta-Cerdanyola), km 7
08290 Cerdanyola del Vallès
Barcelona, Spain
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