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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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edittio Nubilum

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  1. Lluís Sala House

    Emili Sala Cortés

    Gaudí is required in this case to completely transform the image of an already existing house, while freely incorporating new structural concepts, naturalistic references, all kinds of symbolism and abstract ornamentation. The addition of a new floor allows the façade to be crowned asymmetrically, taking into account the presence of the Amatller house next to it, which already exists. The main floor incorporates naturalism in the supporting structure itself, while the attics allow the introduction of the parabolic vaults, already rehearsed previously. The collaboration of Josep Maria Jujol brings greater freedom in working with the materials and in the intensity of the effects. The two façades, front and back, undulate like two curtains. We can consider it Gaudí's first mature work, where he achieves a surprising synthesis between the structural materiality of the building and the dreamlike nature of the multiple suggestions that we can find everywhere.
  2. Casa Joan Grau i Ponsoda

    Emili Sala Cortés

    Casa Joan Grau i Ponsoda

    Edifici civil. El conjunt està integrat per tres cossos: un central, que consta de planta baixa i pis, i dos laterals d'una sola planta. L'edificació està assentada damunt un sòcol de maçoneria concertada. Les obertures són rectangulars i estan emmarcades per una llinda on hi ha esculturats botons ceràmics i altres detalls de decoració modernista. Les tres edificacions que conformen el conjunt estan rematades per un capcer de formes sinuoses. Les obertures d'un dels cossos laterals estan protegides per un reixat de ferro fuetejat.
  3. Casa Mercè Pla Masgrau

    Emili Sala Cortés

    Casa Mercè Pla Masgrau

    Habitatge unifamiliar aïllat amb paret mitgera al nord. Consta de planta soterrània, planta baixa i golfa. Obertures encerclades, llinda amb arc de frontó i encerclat rectangular. Coberta a dos vessants. Hi ha detalls modernistes a l'arrambadís ceràmic de la galeria d'entrada… Les pilastres que emmarquen el capcer estan adornades amb relleus vegetals. El balcó i el plafó ceràmic queden encerclats per una sanefa de relleus vegetals. Com a element característic cal destacar un mural ceràmic al·legòric a la Verge de Montserrat, rodejat per dues pilastres que a la vegada emmarquen el balcó de la planta pis. L'any 1914 es varen fer reformes: s'afegí galeria i frontó orientat al sud. Ampliació de l'edifici fins la mitgera nord i porta d'entrada i barana de balcons. Les obres es varen dur a terme sota el projecte de l'arquitecte Emili Sala Cortés, essent propietària la Sra. Dolors Veguer de Feliu. L'edifici ja era obra d'Emili Sala del 1886.