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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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  1. Torre Olano

    José Enrique de Olano y Loyzaga

    Torre Olano

    Construcció de planta rectangular coberta amb un sostre pla i terrat coronat amb merlets. L'edifici consta de planta baixa i dos pisos, i té dues portes d'accés que, igual que les finestres, avui són tapiades. La porta de la façana de llevant és de mig punt i dóna a la torratxa que tanca l'escala d'accés i de servei. A la façana de migdia, originàriament envoltada de jardins privats, hi ha un porxo amb balustrada que permetia l'accés a la planta baixa i era utilitzat com entrada principal. Sobre aquest porxo hi ha dues balconades que coincideixen amb les plantes, a manera de glorieta. Les obertures, escampades pels quatre murs i a tots nivells són rematats amb senzills elements gotitzants. Els pisos són diferenciats amb un fris de merlets. La torre del comte de Fígols fou construïda a començaments de segle XX per allotjar temporalment al propietari de l'explotació minera, senyor Olano, i a la mateixa família que hi passava curtes temporades. És un edifici clarament historicista que reprodueix l'esquema dels castells coronats amb merlets del segle XIII i XIC, un llenguatge molt utilitzat en aquest tipus de construccions que han de dignificar i diferenciar els propietaris. La torre té forces paral·lelismes amb altres torres de les colonies tèxtils de la comarca: cal Metre, Viladomiu Nou (Gironella), cal Pons, cal Riera (Puig-reig), per exemple. La torre fou utilitzada durant força anys com a seu de les oficines de l'empresa Carbons de Berga S.A., però durant els setanta del s. XX es clausurà.