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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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

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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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Arquitecte. Titulat per l’ETSAM el 1961. Catedràtic a les escoles d’arquitectura de Barcelona (1971-81) i Madrid (1981-84) i, el 1985, president del Departament d’Arquitectura de la Universitat de Harvard. Primer arquitecte espanyol en ser guardonat amb el premi Pritzker l’any 1996. Ha realitzat entre d’altres edificacions, l’ampliació de l’estació d’Atocha a Madrid (1992), edifici de l’Illa Diagonal (1995), en col·laboració amb Manuel de Solà-Morales, la Fundació Miró a Palma (1992) o el Kursaal de Sant Sebastià (1999)

Source: Arxiu Històric del COAC

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Chronology (10)

  1. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Interior Design
    Theo Gallery

  2. Headquarters of the Tarragona Branch of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

    José Rafael Moneo Vallés

    Headquarters of the Tarragona Branch of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

    L’edifici se situa en un solar on romanen les velles estructures de dues cases antigues, la casa del Canonge Canals i la casa de l’Ardiaca. Moneo opta per donar prioritat a les exigències programàtiques i urbanes de la nova institució, és a dir, mantenir les alineacions de carrer i deixar un jardí davant del nou edifici, per on té lloc l’entrada. Això el porta a col·locar el nou edifici damunt les restes de la casa de l’Ardiaca, que determinen el disseny i la distribució de la planta soterrani. Així, les restes arqueològiques són conservades i respectades, però són enteses com elements vius que participen del disseny del nou edifici, tant pel que fa al seu suport com al dimensionament dels elements del nou programa.
  3. EU Mies Award

    Headquarters of the Tarragona Branch of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

  4. L'Illa Diagonal

    José Rafael Moneo Vallés, Manuel de Solà-Morales i Rubió

    L'Illa Diagonal

    The building is the result of a unitary operation on a privileged block of houses, with a 300-metre façade on Avinguda Diagonal, one of the city’s main traffic arteries. The morphological response of Moneo and Solà-Morales is based on a desire to respect the traditional block of houses in the Eixample, but also to assume the open building’s discontinuous character, typical of the area. The building breaks the scale of its size by fragmenting the volumes and by studying the biased visuals, while ensuring unity through the repetitive nature of the openings and stone cladding of the façade. The ensemble adapts its perimeter to the surrounding streets and renounces orthogonality. The result is a metaphor about the city itself condensed into a single building, the volume of which reflects the accidents suffered by buildings when they juxtapose within an urban continuity.
  5. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture
    L'Illa Diagonal

  6. Barcelona Auditorium

    José Rafael Moneo Vallés

    Barcelona Auditorium

    The auditorium is located on a peripheral site in the Eixample, the result of the union of two blocks of houses, very common in this urban fabric. The building responds to its location by means of a compact body, with the intention of initiating a conformation of the whole area that the other buildings will have to complete later. The design of the project chooses to define a concrete mesh that is the correlate of its urban form, while the audition room, inside, responds carefully to the quality of its function. The seats adopt a skewed layout to favour the foresighted vision of the musicians, very different from the visuals required for theatrical performances. The two main rooms, the audition room and the rehearsal room, are separated by an outdoor space that stages the social aspect of the musical events and is covered by a large glass lantern decorated by the artist Pablo Palazuelos.
  7. Rehabilitation of Vapor Sampere and New Dwellings

    Martínez Lapeña-Torres Arquitectos, José Antonio Martínez Lapeña, José Rafael Moneo Vallés, Elías Torres Tur

    Rehabilitation of Vapor Sampere and New Dwellings

    The two residential buildings stand next to Vapor Sampere, a significant example of Sabadell's industrial architecture, built at the beginning of the 20th century to supply energy to the looms that populated the city. The project aims to improve the quality of the interior block space, as well as the volumetric relationship between the new buildings and the factory complex. The building is staggered from its maximum height in the Tres Creus/Sallarès i Pla chamfer, with seven floors, until reaching four floors when it comes into contact with Vapor Sampere in Turull Street. Towards the interior, tilted to the south and enjoying the best views, the buildings open up like a broken polygonal, turning the space between the buildings and the steam into a large semi-public enclosure, with views towards the steam. The obvious differences in the environmental conditions to which the proposal must respond generate a clear differentiation between its exterior, overturned in Tres Creus, and its interior, where the vocation for privacy and calm is present. The exterior façades, with a clear massive character, are built in brick, treated in a different way as it rises in height, with gaps cut into them arranged with the intention of avoiding monotony. Towards the south the façades are lighter, solved with extensible wooden shutters that evoke the enclosures of the inner courtyards, typical of the Cerdà area in Barcelona, which protect some exterior galleries from the sun. It is this duality between envelopes that explains the homes’ ground plan: the bedrooms and bathrooms are towards the outside following a rigorous layout, while towards the interior, oriented to the south and to the views, the more habitable spaces are overturned: living room, dining room and kitchen, with a much freer arrangement, linked to the polygon that defines the façade.
  8. EU Mies Award

    Rehabilitation of Vapor Sampere and New Dwellings


  • RAFAEL MONEO Fundación Arquia


    RAFAEL MONEO Fundación Arquia

  • Elogio de la luz #3: Rafael Moneo, coraje y convicción


    Elogio de la luz #3: Rafael Moneo, coraje y convicción

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