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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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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We kindly invite you to help us improve the dissemination of Catalan architecture through this space. Here you can propose works and provide or amend information on authors, photographers and their work, along with adding comments. The Documentary Commission will analyze all data. Please do only fill in the fields you deem necessary to add or amend the information.

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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  1. Museum of Ethnology and World Cultures

    OP Team Arquitectura, Josep Benedito i Rovira, Xavier Farré Riba, Santi Orteu Palou, Glòria Piferrer i Cabezas

    Museum of Ethnology and World Cultures

    The Museum of World Cultures is located on Montcada Street, currently the most important nucleus of medieval civil architecture in Barcelona, listed as BCIN. It occupies two Gothic buildings, listed as BCIL, and known as Palau Marqués de Llió and Palau Nadal. The important historical and artistic component of the palaces, and the desire to make it compatible with the exhibition and museum content frame and define the character of the performance. Respectful and discreet with the character of the spaces and historical elements, but without false mimicry and assuming without complexes the condition of contemporaneity of an intervention of this type. The works have involved a strong intervention of reform and adaptation, to the new use of the buildings, to the current regulations, to the requirements of the museum proposal, renovation of the facilities, structural reinforcement of walls and slabs, restructuring of circulations and spaces, to the delicate restoration of the Gothic beams present in some of the rooms.
  2. Miquel Batllori Library

    OP Team Arquitectura, Xavier Farré Riba, Santi Orteu Palou, Glòria Piferrer i Cabezas

    Miquel Batllori Library

    The library occupies the ground floor of a residential building in a newly built neighbourhood. The proposal pursues two objectives: to make the equipment visible and dignified from the outside and to convert three unconnected premises with complex geometry (in plan and section) into a single area with spatial and environmental continuity inside. On the façade, the unifying treatment integrates the shop windows and entrances to the homes under the eaves, giving dimension to the whole and allowing the library to be traced from the surroundings. Access is from a renovated sloping patio that leads to the interior through a dematerialised gate. The open ceiling turns it into a space of its own. The entire building can be seen from the lobby: reception area, reading rooms, children's area, classrooms, offices, Living Lab... The skylight becomes the protagonist of the space and backbone of the library. A few closed spaces and the use of colour make it possible to stress the dimensions and fix the nature of the environments.
  3. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Shortlisted. Category: Intervencions Parcials. Inclou Intervencions de Rehabilitació
    Museum of Ethnology and World Cultures

  4. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Vallès)

    Miquel Batllori Library



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