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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

Documental Commission:

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

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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Cronology (9)

  1. 51 Social Housing Units for Young People Ali Bei

    Conxita Balcells Associats, Conxita Balcells i Blesa

    51 Social Housing Units for Young People Ali Bei

    The proposal aims to follow the model of other interventions in the Eixample, where equipment buildings are configured as an exception to the regularity of the Cerdà plot. Responding to the uniqueness, evidenced by the size, the fundamental objectives have been the topographic variations of the block and the density of the built environment, and respecting the Cerdà plot. The proposal consists of two pieces, one arranged following the plot in the direction of Ali Bei Street and the other turned 90 degrees, with the main façade facing the football field.
  2. Prosperitat Social Services Centre

    Conxita Balcells Associats, Conxita Balcells i Blesa

    Prosperitat Social Services Centre

    The primary elements for the definition of the proposal arise from the analysis of the program, an activity that requires a high degree of privacy, but which at the same time is located in front of a public space. It is a built volume that occupies the entire dimension of the plot with a variable height. Regarding Enric Casanovas Street, the maximum height is 14.30 m, and regarding Pablo Iglesias Street it is 14.15 m. It is a volume covered by a ventilated and perforated skin, which ensures good climatic comfort while ensuring privacy from the outside. All the openings are protected and are shown as Chinese shadows from the street, which creates a very comfortable light gradient from the interior. This double skin is configured differently and adapts to the different façades. Access is via Enric Casanovas Street at elevation +198.80; all public functions are located on this floor. In order to guarantee proper functioning, we have established two independent circulations, a public and a private one. Public circulation takes place exclusively on the ground floor, while private circulation runs through the ground floor and the rest of the floors. Constructively, we have opted for a light, fast construction, being aware of the deadlines for the execution of the work. The adaptation of the project to energy efficiency and environmental criteria is approached from several aspects: With regard to water, it is decided to install water saving systems at all exit points such as toilets and kitchens. Double flush push buttons are also installed in the toilet cisterns in order to reduce water consumption. The energy related aspects are treated through a double skin on the façade: an exempt covering made up of a micro-perforated sheet metal skin allows good lighting and environmental comfort in the interior spaces. Also, a patio is created against the middle of the neighbouring building in order to achieve cross ventilation along the entire new piece. All the glasses are double-glazed and comply with the required average coefficient of thermal transmission. The lighting has presence detectors in the communal access spaces and low consumption lamps. Regarding the construction materials and systems, it is a simple and economical construction in order to be able to cope with the short construction periods, with a mixed structure - concrete and metal -. The construction solutions used respond to a high degree of industrialisation and the possibility of reuse, using prefabricated elements such as sandwich panels and fiber cement panels, which allow dry assembly and disassembly. Efforts have been made to use mainly non-polluting materials, paints and glues without toxic components and cables free of halogens and heavy metals. Construction waste is transported to authorised landfills with waste management.
  3. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Shortlisted. Category: Edificis d’Ús No Residencial de Promoció Pública

    Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Prosperitat Social Services Centre

  4. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Shortlisted. Category: Edificis d’Ús Residencial de Promoció Pública

    Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    51 Social Housing Units for Young People Ali Bei

  5. Centre de Serveis Socials, Casal de Barri i Ludocteca de Can Travi

    Conxita Balcells Associats, Conxita Balcells i Blesa

  6. Dwellings on a site Adjacent to the Estació de França Railway Station

    Conxita Balcells Associats, Conxita Balcells i Blesa

    Dwellings on a site Adjacent to the Estació de França Railway Station

    The object of the project is the construction of 150 officially protected homes, with a commercial establishment and two underground floors for parking, located on Doctor Aiguader Street in Barcelona. The proposal responds to the high density of the functional program, while adapting and shrinking its volume in height, understanding its immediate environment and its uniqueness (confluence of the Ronda Litoral with the Born district, the França station and the Barceloneta on the other side of the Ronda). The houses are arranged according to the best orientation, recognising the shadow caused by the large volume of the neighbouring building. It is a single volume built with 2 central courtyards where the North, South and East façades follow the perimeter of the site while the West façade takes the direction of the Barceloneta blocks. The building is organised from two nuclei with a type of housing where the day and night part is different, as well as a strip of services that is arranged parallel to the access corridor.
  7. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Shortlisted. Category: Edificis amb Ús Residencial. Inclou Edificis d'Habitatges Plurifamiliars de Promoció Pública o Privada

    Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Dwellings on a site Adjacent to the Estació de França Railway Station

  8. Coberta Verda al Edifici Fòrum

    Conxita Balcells Associats, Conxita Balcells i Blesa