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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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

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Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Cultura

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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. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Apartment Building on Coll del Portell Avenue

  2. Horta Municipal Velodrome

    Esteve Bonell i Costa, Francesc Rius i Camps

    Horta Municipal Velodrome

    The project assumes the challenge of covering simple programmatic requirements, but with urban implications that make the suitability of the proposal problematic. The new velodrome is located on a plot of land without its own definition, bounded by the Mundet Homes, the Labyrinth of Horta Gardens, a natural valley and the Vall d'Hebron promenade, which marks the boundaries between the built city and the beginning of the undevelopable terrain. The shape and dimensions of the track were determined by strictly technical factors. The main decision of the project is to close the enclosure with a circular portico that allows the same delivery criteria with the different accidents in the area, while allowing the possibility of covering the track with a dome. This portico is 4 metres thick, houses all the services for spectators and leaves a remaining space for a possible extension of the stands, TV cameras, etc.
  3. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Horta Municipal Velodrome

  4. Can Brians Prison

    Bonell i Gil Arquitectes, Esteve Bonell i Costa, Manuel Brullet i Tenas, Josep Maria Gil i Guitart, Francesc Rius i Camps

    Can Brians Prison

    To build a prison is to build a closed world, as were abbeys, monasteries or ancient acropolises. In the image of all of them, a prison is a small abstract world, located in a rural environment where 1500 people live and work. Human relationships, personal and collective interactions and, ultimately, a strong relationship between man and space appear. It is about creating a "city" on virgin land, taking into account geographic and landscape considerations to achieve a good implementation, but above all, it is about solving the highly complex programmatic aspects where control and security issues are prioritised. Urban situations similar to, but not equal to, those of the traditional city are considered. Here the square is not a meeting place, the street has more of a sense of separation than of communication, and in the façades seclusion is more important than the communication between interior and exterior.
  5. Salou Municipal Sports Pavilion

    Esteve Bonell i Costa, Josep Maria Gil i Guitart, Francesc Rius i Camps

    Salou Municipal Sports Pavilion

    El poliesportiu queda inclòs en un solar rectangular de la zona nord del municipi. La façana més estreta dóna a una plaça de nova creació, entre l’ajuntament i una escola. La nova construcció es planteja com un petit pavelló que dóna façana a la plaça, des d’on s’hi accedeix a través d’una obertura vidrada que abasta gairebé tota l’amplada. A la part oposada s’hi afegeix un reduït gimnàs disponible per a petites funcions de teatre. Les grades, a banda i banda, tenen una capacitat per a 800 espectadors. L’impacte visual de la capsa queda reduït gràcies a la divisió en tres ordres: el de les grades, el de les jàsseres que salven transversalment la llum de la coberta, i el de les lluernes superiors, repartides en tres volums. Des de la plaça s’accedeix al vestíbul a través d’escales i suaus rampes, i des d’aquí es recorre perimetralment aquesta cota aixecada per accedir a les grades i al gimnàs-escenari del fons.
  6. Badalona Sports Pavilion

    Esteve Bonell i Costa, Francesc Rius i Camps

    Badalona Sports Pavilion

    The project’s approach assumes that it is a multi-sports hall intended for high competition basketball, and therefore linked to one of the most representative and popular factors of the municipality. The various problems generated by its dimensions and importance are addressed independently, although synthesised in a fairly simple organism. The track of the stands takes an ellipsoidal shape: four linked circular arcs, two of them large and two of them small. Circulations from the outside are solved with a large main entrance, oriented towards the city and inclined with respect to the urban axis that culminates, and ten perimeter exits, accessible from the intermediate level. The roof is made up of six large symmetrical girders, paired two by two and locked by a central brace. The building can accommodate up to 12,500 spectators and its maximum dimensions are 150 x 120 metres.
  7. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Buildings of new plant for private use

    FAD Award

    Rius-Fina House

  8. EU Mies Award

    Award-Winner / Winner
    Badalona Sports Pavilion

  9. EU Mies Award

    Can Brians Prison

  10. Centre for Nature and Sustainable Development of the Pyrenees

    Francesc Rius i Camps

    Centre for Nature and Sustainable Development of the Pyrenees

    El programa del centre es divideix en tres blocs: un bloc pedagògic, un bloc residencial i un bloc de serveis. El centre, de més de 3.000 metres quadrats, serveix per fer conèixer la zona i també com a equipament de recerca sobre l’educació ambiental. L’edifici s’obre a una sola façana, i la seva secció permet semisoterrar-lo, de manera que la coberta esdevé una prolongació del prat. La façana orientada al sud i a les bones vistes conté els captadors directes d’energia, les plaques tèrmiques i les plaques fotovoltaiques. L’edifici es trenca en tres blocs, articulats en girs de 15 graus, per tal d’afavorir l’adaptació topogràfica, escurçar les màximes dimensions de la façana i reduir el seu impacte visual en un emplaçament d’alt interès paisatgístic.
  11. Dwellings and Offices in Sarrià

    Bonell i Gil Arquitectes, Ribas & Ribas Arquitectes, Esteve Bonell i Costa, Josep Maria Gil i Guitart, José Ribas Folguera, José Ribas i González, Francesc Rius i Camps

    Dwellings and Offices in Sarrià

    THE DWELLINGS They are part of a set of buildings intended for housing and offices resulting from the transformation of the old grounds of the R.C.D. Espanyol Football Club. The project arises from the definition of a homogeneous urban piece, but which responds to different volumetric conceptions with different housing options. Large blocks of flats and small multi-family housing buildings provide the appropriate response to the volume of the buildings in the General Mitre Ring Road, Ricardo Villa or Dr. Fleming. THE OFFICES Two buildings, with the 54-metre-high tower taking centre stage, are the reference element on Sarrià Avenue. They are very simple buildings in which the concentration of services allows open floor plans that allow for different distributions of offices. The glazed treatment of the façades, with solar protection overhangs, makes the buildings appear with a great feeling of lightness and transparency.
  12. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Dwellings and Offices in Sarrià

  13. New Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

    Bonell i Gil Arquitectes, Silvia Barbera, Esteve Bonell i Costa, Josep Lluís Canosa Magret, Josep Maria Gil i Guitart, Francesc Rius i Camps

    New Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

    The new Hospital de Sant Pau is located in the northern triangle of the historic site dominated by the constructions made at the beginning of the century by the architect Domènech i Montaner. The topography and the different urban limits pose two situations: the current entrance to the hospital that faces the Eixample and the Sagrada Família, and the proposed building that faces the layout of the Ronda del Mig. The new hospital consists of two clearly differentiated areas. One contains the program for services and the other one for hospitalisation, linked together by an "intermediary" that acts as a hall. The service building has a façade and is supported on Mas Casanovas Street, assuming the role of building as a plot boundary. The hospital area is formalised as "fingers" of a hand that are inserted into the green space that separates it from the old hospital, achieving a smaller scale of the building and a subtler relationship with the old pavilions.
  14. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)


    Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    New Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

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