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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Eduard Callís Francesc Rafat Pau Albert Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Mercè Bosch Jaume Farreny Anton Pàmies Juan Manuel Zaguirre Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Moisés Puente Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque


2019-2024 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero Lucía M. Villodres

External Collaborators:

2019-2024 Helena Cepeda Inès Martinel

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:



Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico


Basílica de la Sagrada Família


Museu del Disseny de Barcelona






EINA Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona




Fundació Domènench Montaner.

Design & Development:

edittio Nubilum

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Gustau Gili Galfetti (Barcelona 1963), és arquitecte per l'ETSAB (1990). Compagina la pràctica de la professió amb tasques docents i editorials d'arquitectura. Com a arquitecte ha treballat principalment en habitatges, equipaments i exposicions. Ha estat professor a l'escola Elisava, UIC, ETH Zurich i des del 2001 és professor del Departament de Projectes de l'ETSAB.

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  1. Rehabilitation of the Pati Llimona and Correu Vell Palaces

    Gustau Gili Galfetti, Francesc Labastida i Azemar, Agustí Obiol i Sánchez, Ignasi de Solà-Morales i Rubió

    Rehabilitation of the Pati Llimona and Correu Vell Palaces

    The aim of the project is the joint recovery of two buildings: the Llimona courtyard and the Old Post Office as a civic centre to highlight the new criteria for the restoration of the Roman wall in the historic centre of Barcelona. This building is built on two entire Roman towers and a third one on the edge of the Porta Decumana. In the course of the rehabilitation, one of the pedestrian portals and the central arch of the Porta de Mar are being restored. The original central body of the Marc Palace building (12th-13th century) is based on the grid of the central wall where stucco frescoes are recovered on the walls of the rooms and the ceiling of the main room. This palace will later pass to the Gualbes Family (13th-18th century), gold merchants who will make several extensions and transformations. In the interest of recovering the structure of the medieval streets, the Old Post Office Palace (16th century) project is also included, named after the service it offered to the city. It is a large house in Barcelona with an open central courtyard, large windows in the style of Lloctinent Palace and an external staircase like those on Montcada Street. The rehabilitation carried out on the buildings, streets, and wall, has the vocation to be adaptable to the changing needs of the city.
  2. Single-Family Dwelling in Vilopriu

    Gustau Gili Galfetti

    Single-Family Dwelling in Vilopriu

    El terreny se situa en la zona de l'Empordà, en una zona on conflueixen els camps amb un bosc de pins. La casa, és baixa i estreta i molt allargada, situant-se en aquest límit entre els arbres i la prada. La casa es desenvolupa longitudinalment, juxtaposant uns mòduls similars en proporcions amb una única variació en la disposició de la coberta. Es tracta d'una coberta d'un sol pendent que va alternant el seu sentit d'inclinació, originant una successió d'obertures en les dues façanes principals. La casa s'obre cap a l'exterior, actuant de filtre en aquest espai de transició, entre el pla i la muntanya. La repetició d'espais similars, però no idèntics, dóna lloc a un ritme que organitza el programa domèstic dins d'un gran únic volum. La imatge de la casa en el context és més pròxima a les nombroses granges agrícoles veïnes que a una edificació residencial convencional.
  3. Llinars del Vallès Primary Healthcare Centre

    Gustau Gili Galfetti

    Llinars del Vallès Primary Healthcare Centre

    A compact and low-impact construction is proposed using economical and industrialised construction systems. The building, with its rectangular volume, is located in a low-density area intended for sports facilities and parking in the centre of the village. The dispensary is in the upper part of this area, in contact with the urban fabric. In one corner, a cantilevered volume appears that approaches the line of the street. It is precisely through this point that the main access to the building takes place. A series of ramps solve the topographical differences between the level of the street and the entrance to the building, which is slightly lower, leaving an outdoor garden space around. The rectangle is oriented so that the two long façades have an east-west orientation. A central longitudinal courtyard is opened, open from north to south, with which natural light is introduced into the interior of the building and favours cross ventilation. In the consultation areas, it has been chosen to organise circulation and waiting areas in visual contact with the outside, emphasising the more public nature of these spaces. Consultations are instead opened in the central inner courtyard. It is a compact volume, of low height, which presents a continuous façade made with only two prefabricated elements: a concrete lattice for the translucent parts and GRC panels for the opaque parts. The façade lattice responds to a single large mould and is placed in different ways, horizontally or vertically, so that variants of façade solutions are achieved from a single element. This lattice guarantees privacy to the users of the centre and acts as sun protection on the exposed façades. But above all it makes both the interior and exterior spaces take on a vibrant and changing appearance in accordance with the light variations, turning an industrialised concrete building into a building that is both friendly, warm and comfortable.
  4. FAD Award

    Shortlisted. Category: Architecture
    Llinars del Vallès Primary Healthcare Centre

  5. New Camp del Ferro Sports Equipment

    AIA Arquitectura i Instal·lacions, Barceló Balanzó Arquitectes, Bàrbara Balanzó Moral, Antoni Barceló Baeza, Gustau Gili Galfetti, Joan Carles Navarro Casamitjana, Albert Salazar Junyent

    New Camp del Ferro Sports Equipment

    The building, a triple multi-sports hall, is the result of a competition won by Barcelona City Council, carried out in collaboration with BB arquitectes and Gustavo Gili. The large volume that the extensive functional program generates in relation to the reduced size of the site and the density of nearby buildings proposes to semi-underground an important part of the sports complex, ensuring, through section mechanisms, good lighting and natural ventilation as well as convenient access/evacuation to the lower parts. With this semi-underground, apart from reducing the visual impact considerably and obtaining important energy gains thanks to reducing its exposed surfaces, a gain is obtained in the urban public space. By withdrawing the building from the road alignment, a free cushion is guaranteed that resolves the access as well as the complicated urban plot at this point. A free public space is generated that acts as the urban foyer of the complex and significantly improves the integration of the building in its immediate environment, moving the outside of the square to the inside of the stands on the main court. The proposed construction system is born from the recovery of the memory of local construction traditions based on ceramics from the beginning of the 20th century. We therefore link a craft tradition with a post-industrial attitude by proposing systems based on industrialised ceramics. A building designed for use, where the materials are shown as they are, contributing sensorial qualities by themselves. They are the same materials that are repeated in all the spaces of the complex, which generates the feeling of a whole, although each of them can be interpreted individually; ceramics, wood, concrete... these are the materials for which the building is recognisable. In the skin of the building, the ceramics adapt to the different needs and orientations of the façades. In all of them, empty and full spaces alternate, as well as opaque and translucent or transparent parts in different ways. The opaque parts are "broken" with the use of different textures and colours of ceramic so that the complex is broken up, while controlling the natural light that bathes the building inside. A unique roof is proposed for the above-ground building, made up of subtle inverted vaults that appear on the façade and that link, albeit indirectly, with the order and presence of the vaults of the neighbouring roofs of the box seats building, as another mechanism for integration and recognition of the strength and uniqueness of the neighbourhood.

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