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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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


About us

Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura


2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2022 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:

2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:



Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

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  1. Sant Antoni Market

    Josep Maria Cornet i Mas, Antoni Rovira i Trias

    The Sant Antoni market is located outside the gate of the wall that bore its name, on a spontaneous market that exists outside the walls and adjacent to what used to be the Madrid road (now Mistral Avenue). Rovira i Trias, who lost the competition for the Eixample district in Barcelona, takes over Ildefons Cerdà’s winning proposal by arranging, in the middle of the whole square that the market occupies, a dome in the form of a covered square, designed in collaboration with Josep M. Cornet i Mas and with analogous dimensions to those of a junction of the Eixample. Four symmetrical pavilions face the chamfers, as arranging them turned ninety degrees from the direction of the streets (i.e., diagonally) allows them to reach the maximum inscribable length on a square. The perimeter of the square is closed and the spaces between the fence and the façades of the market are treated as yards for unloading goods. Leaning on this perimeter fence, a perimeter canopy is set up where a well-known foreign market takes place. There you can find everything on Sunday mornings, and it is a sight to behold and a place to take in the city. The refurbishment has two underground floors under the archeologically restored market, with the refurbished stalls. Excavations for the site have uncovered remains of the bastion of the wall, which have been incorporated into the project. It demolishes the perimeter fence, preserving the canopy to open the old courtyards of goods and turn them into public squares. One of these depresses an entire floor to allow access to the remains of the bastion and becomes an access to a new commercial plinth. The refurbishment will show the whole of the perfectly restored old market and will value its side façades, which were initially closed, a service architecture that has been dignified over the years. The new architecture will strengthen the civic character and, at the same time, enhance the historical memory of the place.
  2. El Born Market

    Josep Maria Cornet i Mas, Josep Fontserè i Mestre

    El Born Market

    The Born market is a key part of the urban development plan that gave rise to the Ciutadella park when it was demolished in the middle of the 19th century. A series of long, narrow islands run parallel to the park's direction and face the Ribera district. The heart of the intervention is a public square doubled by the Born market (Barcelona’s wholesale market). The original market is conceived as a covered square with a very light roof by Josep Maria Cornet i Mas. This roof is shaped like a cross inscribed on the perimeter of the market, formed by asymmetrical gabled roofs with skylights on the ridge, raised with respect to other groups of identical roofs. An octagonal dome with a lantern is arranged on the cruise. The market closures are opaque to mid-height and are covered (like the jumps between the roofs) by a metal shutter, almost a mesh, which introduces a nuanced and almost religious light. The market was abandoned in 1971 and survived the Olympics. When, finally, the aim is to dispose of the Barcelona Provincial Library, its architects, Enric Sòria and Rafael de Cáceres, find the remains of the old Ribera district in an optimal state of conservation when they excavate the floor. The program is adapted to the findings and, currently, the building is still under construction to house a part of the Museum of the History of the City that will deal precisely with the preservation of these ruins under the archeologically restored structure of the market. The new intervention has perimeter platforms that will allow the view of the ruins while keeping the space of the roundabout intact. The museum program will be housed in cubicles and arranged in a square. All the intervention will be public and will recover the square-like character that the Mediterranean markets have.