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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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We kindly invite you to help us improve the dissemination of Catalan architecture through this space. Here you can propose works and provide or amend information on authors, photographers and their work, along with adding comments. The Documentary Commission will analyze all data. Please do only fill in the fields you deem necessary to add or amend the information.

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. Casa Bau

    Josep Plantada Artigas

    Casa Bau

    Imponent edifici, entre mitgeres, que en l'actualitat presenta dues plantes afegides respecte l'obra original. La façana al carrer Berenguer s'ordena al voltant d'un eix de simetria central. Als baixos destaca la galeria d'arcs sobre columnetes i, al primer nivell, apareix una tribuna amb pinacles i gàrgoles de pedra que contrasten amb l'auster arrebossat actual de la resta del parament. La façana posterior presenta, a la terrassa de la planta primera, una notable galeria vidrada, de planta semicircular. A l'interior, cal observar la riquesa dels treballs d'ebenisteria i els sostres, decorats amb estucs. Des de gener de l'any 2000, acull, al pis principal, la seu dels arquitectes de la Demarcació de l'Ebre.
  2. La Unión Metalúrgica

    Domènec Balet i Nadal, Josep Plantada Artigas

    The La Unión Metalúrgica old industrial complex was located in the Poblenou neighbourhood (Sant Martí district), in a block of houses designed by Ildefons Cerdà, bounded by Zamora, Almogàvers, Pamplona and Sancho de Ávila Streets. In 2004, it was largely demolished, and only the entrance pavilions, located on the chamfer of Almogàvers and Pamplona Streets, were preserved. This building, currently isolated, used to give way to the interior of the enclosure. It is a construction parallel to the chamfer, with a simple volumetric ensemble of two floors that rises an additional floor in the central part, all topped off by a passable flat roof. The façade of the building is characterised by the almost exclusive use of exposed brick, incorporating delicate ornamental elements of artificial stone based on medallions and plant motifs. The main façade, facing the chamfer, is divided into three vertical axes, and in the central one there is a higher floor. On the ground floor there are four rectangular windows located on the sides of the access portal to the interior of the factory. This, with a large, angled arch, has its parallel on the rear façade, and creates the axis of symmetry of the composition of openings, very weighted and organised. On the second floor there are three large split windows crowned by thin arches. On the upper floor there is the massive roof enclosure, and in the central part there is an opening topped by a semicircular arch and divided by three handrails. All these elements emphasise the outstanding element of this façade, located under the undulating crowning of this central part. It is a ceramic mosaic with the name of the company, in green letters on a white background. An old metal lantern that illuminates the entrance door is also preserved. This is the only element that remains of the La Unión Metalúrgica factory complex, promoted by Dionisio Bobín Sirot, which has its beginnings in 1889. In 1903 it becomes a limited company to dedicate itself to the purchase, sale and the casting of materials and objects of iron and other metals. Between 1899 and 1906 the company was reported because some of the constructions it carried out were illegal. When these problems had been solved, between 1908 and 1914, the new factory was remodeled with new buildings. It was at this time that the entrance hall was built, signed by the architect Josep Maria Plantada in July 1914. On December 31, 1936, on the Civil War, La Unión Metalúrgica was established as a collective worker destined for the war industry. Two office buildings, an aparthotel, green areas, and sheltered housing are currently being built on the land where the industrial facilities were located.


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