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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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Arquitecte. Titulat el 1954 i doctorat el 1961 per la Universitat de Tòquio. Deixeble i col·laborador de Kenzo Tange, el 1963 establí el seu despatx. Guanyador de nombrosos premis, l’últim d’ells el Pritzker (2019). Entre la seva prolífica obra trobem la biblioteca de Oita (1966) el Museu d’Art de Gunma (1974), la discoteca Palladium de Nova York (1985), el Palau Sant Jordi (1990) a Barcelona, l’Art Tower Mito (1990) a Ibaraki, o la torre Allianz a Milà (2014).

Source: Arxiu Històric del COAC


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  1. Palau Sant Jordi

    Arata Isozaki & Asociados España, Arata Isozaki

    Palau Sant Jordi

    The final project is the result of a series of successive transformations, motivated by a change of location and various interpretations of the program. The original site, the Montjuïc landfill, opted for a compact solution in order to minimise the problem of the foundations. The change of location meant an extension of the track with a new 200-metre indoor athletics track. It also led to a change in the roofing solution, which was originally supposed to be corrugated sheet. The new roof consists of a central vault which is 136 metres long by 110 metres wide, mounted on the ground and raised 45 metres high by means of the Panto-Dome system. It is a space mesh consisting of 4,000 cylindrical bars and 500 spherical knots where the tubes are inserted. The solution of a compact body was maintained with the removal of the heating chamber. The third important innovation is the air conditioning system. To obtain calories, a system of pumps and exchangers is chosen, while cooling combines the use of outside winds and the mobilisation of cold air through a duct system, which produces an effect similar to that of a breeze.
  2. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner (ex aequo). Category: Buildings of new plant for public use
    Palau Sant Jordi

  3. El Palauet

    Arata Isozaki & Asociados España, Arata Isozaki

    El Palauet

    On an almost flat plot with a trapezoidal floor plan, Isozaki traces a circle 66 metres in diameter and inscribes a square. The circle is divided into two equal parts: one is an outdoor area and the other the pavilion itself. The rectangular garden outside corresponds with the indoor sports court. Isozaki recovers the original idea of Palau Sant Jordi on the roof: an undulating plan supported exclusively by the ends. It is a shape that combines a lowered vault on the perimeter band and a half dome in the central area. The complex surface is resolved with a spatial mesh supported horizontally on the perimeter of the covered enclosure, and in the vertical plane formed by the diameter of the circle, it is solved a glazed wall that absorbs the metal bars of a lattice beam. The roof plan folds in three points oriented to the north, leaving slits that allow natural light in.

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