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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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


About us

Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura


2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 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:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero


Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:



Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

In Pictures

  • Josep Domènech Estapà


Arquitecte. Titulat el 1881. Arquitecte municipal, catedràtic i arquitecte de construccions civils depenent del “Ministerio de Instrucción Pública i Bellas Artes”. Va realitzar entre d’altres projectes, la remodelació de l’edifici de la Reial Acadèmia de Ciències i Arts (1883), la presó Model (1904) o l’edifici “Catalana de Gas” (1908)

Source: Arxiu Històric del COAC


On the Map



  1. Casa Carbonell

    Josep Domènech Estapà

  2. Faculty of Medicine

    Josep Domènech Estapà

    Faculty of Medicine

  3. Model Prison

    Josep Domènech Estapà, Salvador Viñals i Sabaté

    Model Prison

  4. Law Courts of Catalonia

    Josep Domènech Estapà, Enric Sagnier i Villavecchia

    Law Courts of Catalonia

  5. Montaner Palace

    Josep Domènech Estapà, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Antoni Maria Gallissà Soqué

    Montaner Palace

  6. Catalana de Gas Building

    Josep Domènech Estapà

    Catalana de Gas Building

  7. Observatori Fabra

    Josep Domènech Estapà

  8. Casa Antoni Costa

    Josep Domènech Estapà

  9. Rambla Catalunya 77 Dwellings

    Josep Domènech Estapà

  10. Torre d'Aigües de la Catalana de Gas

    Josep Domènech Estapà

  11. Antigues Oficines de Catalana de Gas

    Josep Domènech Estapà

  12. Casa Domènech i Estapà

    Josep Domènech Estapà

  13. Estació de la Magòria

    Josep Domènech Estapà

  14. Panteó de Ramon Marimon

    Josep Domènech Estapà

  15. Casa Eulàlia Tarragó

    Josep Domènech Estapà


  • Esbós de la decoració interior del Palau Montaner.


    Esbós de la decoració interior del Palau Montaner.

    Arxiu Històric del COAC

  • Perspectiva de l'exterior del Palau Montaner.


    Perspectiva de l'exterior del Palau Montaner.

    Arxiu Històric del COAC