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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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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Nascut a Vitòria el 8 de gener de 1939, fill del també arquitecte Manuel de Solà-Morales i Rosselló. Doctorat com a arquitecte per l'escola d'Arquitectura de Barcelona, va ser deixeble de Quaroni a Roma i de Sert a Harvard. Arquitecte y urbanista, dedicat especialment als problemes de disseny urbà. Llicenciat en Ciències econòmiques per la Universitat de Barcelona i màster en City Planning per la Universitat de Harvard.
Professor i catedràtic d'urbanisme de l'Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona, va ser director d'aquesta des de 1994 a 1998. Fundador i director des del 1968 del Laboratori d'Urbanisme de Barcelona. Va impartir cursos de disseny urbà a les universitats de Cambridge, Hàrvard, Nova York, Lisboa, Nàpols, Santiago de Xile, Delft, Venècia, Mèxic, Caracas i Porto Alegre.
L'any 1979 fou membre fundador i primer president de la Societat Catalana d'Ordenació del Territori (SCOT), entitat vinculada a l'Institut d'Estudis Catalans.
Ha estat editor de la col·lecció “Materiales de la ciudad” i “Ciencia Urbanística” de l’editorial Gustavo Gili, fundador i redactor d’”Arquitecturas Bis” i d'“UR-Urbanismo”, publicació del Laboratori d’urbanisme. Ha estat col·laborador a múltiples publicacions d’arquitectura nacionals e internacionals.
Oficina professional en Barcelona influent en l'urbanisme de Barcelona, en els treballs relacionats amb els Jocs Olímpics de 1992, i especialment en les idees per la transformació del front marítim i la realizació del Moll de la Fusta (1981-84).
Realització de projectes urbans en diferents ciutats (Berlín, Salzburg, Nàpols, Rotterdam, Amberes, Santo Domingo, Salónica, Almere, etc.).
Dissenyador i productor de "URBATAS" (1994).
Va morir el 27 de febrer de 2012 a Barcelona.

Source: Arxiu Històric del COAC


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Cronology (7)

  1. Muntaner-Avenir Apartment Building

    Manuel de Solà-Morales i Rosselló, Manuel de Solà-Morales i Rubió

    Muntaner-Avenir Apartment Building

    The layout of the houses adopts a solution that transcends the usual traditional typologies. All the apartments have a façade that faces the block of houses’ inner courtyard, which offers the best sunlight for the living rooms. The bedrooms form a separate body, aligned with both streets, and connected to the inner body by long corridors. Both bodies are separated by an open courtyard that spans the entire building, from end to end. The corridors are of a greater importance in the distribution of the houses, since they have a lot of natural light and give more openness to the central residual space.
  2. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Muntaner-Avenir Apartment Building

  3. 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.
  4. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    L'Illa Diagonal

  5. FAD Award

    Shortlisted. Category: City and Landscape

    FAD Award

    Torre-Sana Sector Planning Project

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