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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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2019-2024 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

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

External Collaborators:

2019-2024 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Helena Cepeda Inès Martinel Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:



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

Design & Development:

edittio Nubilum

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The Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya is one of the most important documentation centers in Europe, which houses the professional collections of more than 180 architects whose work is fundamental to understanding the history of Catalan architecture. By filling this form, you can request digital copies of the documents for which the Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya manages the exploitation of the author's rights, as well as those in the public domain. Once the application has been made, the Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya will send you an approximate budget, which varies in terms of each use and purpose.


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Arquitecte graduat a l’ETSAB, 2000.

Soci de vora des de l’any 2004.

A part de la tasca professional, ha format part del col·lectiu “aproximacions” que edità un fanzine de propostes d’intervenció urbana entre 2012 i 2015. Ha comissariat i coordinat el simposi internacional “initiating projects” a barcelona, 2010 (ajac – wonderland). Ha dirigit la secció d’arquitectura i urbanisme de la publicació digital alternativa “l’altraveu” entre 2002 i 2004.


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  1. Can Ricart Sports Centre

    Vora Arquitectura, Pere Buil Castells, Jordi Fornells, Antoni Riba Galí

    Can Ricart Sports Centre

    The Can Ricart municipal sports complex is a building located in the heart of the south of the Raval district, an area where important activities have been carried out in recent years. The equipment is significant for the revitalisation of the neighbourhood in its traditionally more degraded sector, and must contribute to the integration of all the social sectors that live in the area through its use in sports and wellness activities. The building completes the block between the Rambla del Raval and the Els Horts de Sant Pau Gardens. Architecturally, the project's strategy was based on pre-existing conditions that made it particularly complex, as it had to integrate two big enough buildings, such as the Raval pavilion by the architect Jordi Farrando (from 1989) and the industrial 19th century building of Can Ricart, presumably by the master builder Josep Fontserè. The main effort of the architects has been to make it a functionally compact and functionally coherent set, which volumetrically maintains the reading of the three diverse bodies that make it up: the two existing buildings and the new construction that contains the swimming pool, formally autonomous. The Can Ricart building, which was in a rather bad state, has been rehabilitated in the spirit of the original in its most defining characteristics. The façade by Josep Fontserè has been rehabilitated, recovering the stucco’s original colours, and a double-height central space where the Ricart family used to have their contracting room has been exposed. This space has been rehabilitated with sensitivity and a certain discretion. A skylight that had been over the central space has been recovered. On the rest of the façades, more abused by the multiple interventions carried out over the years to annex and demolish buildings around them, the work consisted of recovering the original order of holes and giving a unifying patina that allows you to subtly see the wounds of history on its walls. The new building is austere in materials and formally contained. The façade is made of exposed concrete, which has been given a texture that wants to be a tribute to the beginnings of the textile industry in Catalonia in this area of the city.
  2. Urban Development of the Environs of El Born Market

    Vora Arquitectura, Pere Buil Castells, Antoni Riba Galí

    Urban Development of the Environs of El Born Market

    The development of the streets around the old Mercat del Born aims to respond to the needs and potential that the activation of the renovated building as a Born Cultural Centre will generate in the public space. Connectivity and permeability. The traffic on Comerç Street in its section in front of the Mercat has been eliminated. A pedestrian space is set up in continuity with the rest of the neighbourhood to the limits of the Ciutadella Park. Centrality and identity. A gap has been created around the building to respond to its monumentality. The pavement is the connecting element with the history and memory of the place. Flexibility and functionality. The project has been defined with the intention of promoting the maximum diversity of uses. With the launch of BornCC, existing uses will intensify, and new ones will emerge. The open space, the unique platform and the square’s character enhance this diversity.
  3. Reorganization of the Domus Avinyó Roman Site for the MUHBA

    Vora Arquitectura, Pere Buil Castells, Antoni Riba Galí

    Reorganization of the Domus Avinyó Roman Site for the MUHBA

    The discovery of a Roman site at the bottom of a municipal building, a Domus on the edge of the wall, has made this adaptation project necessary to make it open to visitors simultaneously with the normal use of the building. The space containing the site has been turned into a museum, and the ground floor has been redistributed to configure the spaces for approaching the site from the building's lobby. Spaces that have a dual use: circulation and building services during the week, and vestibule of the site when it is open to the public. The approach takes place through a sequence of vestibules that refers to the system of articulation of the main spaces of the domus and villas. The halls, with sensibly square proportions and varying heights, are connected by thick, low doorways that refer to the massiveness of Roman architecture. This sequence of spaces defines a circular route, with a strong theatric character, which incorporates elements of anticipation of the site's content. Each hall is located on a different stratum (outside the wall-wall-intervallum) which is manifested in different pavements and in bas-reliefs of Roman characters on the walls, accompanying the visitor. Through stairs in the dark, like a tunnel, you can access a longitudinal loft like a lookout, raised above the site. The entire space disappears, painted black, revealing the archaeological remains and a large mural that had been on the ceiling of one of the rooms. The loft is an enclosure with glass facings on the walls, floor and ceiling, which multiply the perception and expand the space. The walls and floor hide parts of the site and interpretive elements on display that appear behind the glass in a game of illusionism when the lighting is turned on.
  4. Premi Europeu d'Intervenció en el Patrimoni Arquitectònic AADIPA

    Finalist. Category: Outdoor Spaces
    Urban Development of the Environs of El Born Market

  5. Ramón i Mar Pavilion

    Vora Arquitectura, Pere Buil Castells, Antoni Riba Galí

    Ramón i Mar Pavilion

    A pavilion on a terrace to complement the uses of a small apartment. A second room and a chamber-studio. The pavilion is placed transversally on the terrace, with elongated proportions, and segments it, generating a sequence of interior and exterior spaces that redefines the way of living. The alignment of the openings generates a direct visual relationship between spaces. The enclosed terrace between the apartment and the pavilion works as an interior courtyard. A controlled, private, intimate space. The form and materiality are determined by the condition of ephemeral and removable construction and by the limitations of transport and assembly. The construction is in wood, a system of portals and panels, all forming an autonomous and overlapping volume. The compositional relationship maintains the coherence between structure and closure. Inside, the low stripe has a continuous, functional and domestic finish. Above this, there is the prominence of wood, that is, the apparent structure as the essence of the pavilion.
  6. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Intervencions Parcials. Inclou Intervencions Interiors i Exteriors, Efímeres o Permanents
    Ramón i Mar Pavilion


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