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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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

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Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

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Nubilum Edittio

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Arquitecte. Titulat el 1952. Llicenciat també en Dret per la UB, membre de l’Institut d’Estudis Catalans, professor de l’ETSAB des de 1956 i catedràtic d’urbanisme del 1965 .Rebé la Creu de Sant Jordi el 2001. Membre del Grup R. Va impulsar projectes en els àmbits de l'arquitectura, l'urbanisme i el paisatgisme com ara el Pla Especial de la Ronda de Dalt (1987), la Rambla del Carmel (1985), els Laboratoris Uriach i el Campus Universitari de la Vall d'Hebron

Source: Arxiu Històric del COAC


On the Map



  1. Habitatge Unifamiliar a L'Estartit

    Manuel Ribas i Piera

    Habitatge Unifamiliar a L'Estartit

  2. Escorial Apartment Building

    Josep Alemany i Barris, Oriol Bohigas i Guardiola, Josep Maria Martorell i Codina, Francesc Mitjans Miró, Antonio Perpiñá Sebriá, Josep Maria Ribas i Casas, Manuel Ribas i Piera

    Escorial Apartment Building

    La mansana té establerta la típica ordenació d'edificis alineats al llarg dels carrers circumdants amb grans profunditats d'edificació al voltant d'un pati central, en part també edificable. La proposta urbanística va consistir a trencar aquest esquema tancat i obrir l'interior com a espai públic relacionat amb els carrers, intentant, però, no contradir la realitat morfològica d'aquests carrers. És a dir, es va tractar d'unir tres premisses fonamentals: millorar les condicions higièniques dels habitatges en profunditat que es donaven a la urbanització tradicional; integrar l'ús públic els espais interiors de la mansana, trencant la reincidència formal dels carrers; mantenir, no obstant això, el caràcter urbà dels carrers adjacents que pertanyen a una xarxa urbana molt característica d'un barri barceloní. Per a això es van organitzar dos edificis lineals seguint l'alineació de dos carrers i es va obrir l'espai interior cap al carrer Escorial que té un caràcter menys local. Enmig d'aquest espai es va situar l'edifici alt que acumula en alçada bona part de l'edificabilitat de la mansana. Els tipus d'habitatge s'adeqüen a l'evident exigència morfològica general: els edificis lineals agrupen habitatges aparellats amb accés per escala per a cada dues d'elles (de 80 i 90 m2), l'edifici alt correspon a habitatges en dues plantes amb accés per passadissos longitudinals, (100 m2). L'acabat exterior de l'edifici alt és de formigó i rajola blanc i el dels edificis baixos és de maó massís i gelosies ceràmiques.
  3. Uriach Laboratories

    Manuel Ribas i Piera

    Uriach Laboratories

    The complex is located in an irregular area of Barcelona’s Eixample, where housing and industry are combined and it adjusts to the specific volumetry approved by the City Council in 1956, which was later retouched in 1961. The office tower, with a vertical component, is located in one of the corners of the block and is separated from the ground to mark the access. The laboratory block, with a horizontal and slightly curved composition, is set back from the street to create a parking lot protected by a small embankment. Subsequently, different extensions were made until the block was completed with facilities for industrial use. Currently, a rehabilitation of the complex is in the making, adapting the tower to housing and the block to offices. The set’s lightness and compositional freedom are due to the use of a metal structure that frees the walls from their load-bearing condition. This effect is amplified by the treatment of the façades, covered with white limestone, which enhances the surfaces as abstract planes. The vertical guidelines of the metal pillars meet the horizontal strips of glass in the same plane. Between 2002 and 2006, the building underwent important modifications to modify its use and house homes and offices, maintaining the volumetry and façades.
  4. Nostra Senyora de Port Dispensary

    Manuel Ribas i Piera

    Nostra Senyora de Port Dispensary

    This is a project that clearly places Ribas i Piera as a founding member of Grup R, a group of Catalan architects that sought to rescue and give continuity to the architecture of the modern movement that had begun to develop during the Second Republic. It represents a faithful reflection of the constructive and compositional ideas of the CIAM and the GATCPAC: open floor plan, free façade, elongated windows and a very marked contrast between the white walls of the façades and the black carpentry. The building is located on a very irregular triangular plot and is functionally linked through the inner courtyard of the block with the parish of Nostra Senyora de Port, which manages it. This interior courtyard is more than half a floor below street level, which determines the section of the project: the upper floor is slightly higher than the street and is accessed by steps without a riser, while the lower floor is at the same level as the interior garden and appropriates the light from the street with windows at street level. The structure is made of steel pillars and girders with reinforced concrete beams and traditional ceramic vaults. The roof is made of asbestos cement and is ready to be transferred to the new floor proposed in the original project, which was never built.
  5. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Escorial Apartment Building

    Josep Alemany i Barris, Oriol Bohigas i Guardiola, Josep Maria Martorell i Codina, Francesc Mitjans Miró, Antonio Perpiñá Sebriá, Josep Maria Ribas i Casas, Manuel Ribas i Piera

  6. Fàbrica Devesa

    Manuel Ribas i Piera

    Este complejo industrial está situado en una zona agrícola, rodeado de viñedos para la producción de vinos y cavas, y se completa con tres viviendas para el personal directivo permanente. La organización de las piezas va de atrás hacia adelante según las necesidades de la producción, dejando en primer término el edificio de la torre de trituración, donde acaba la elaboración y salen las mercancías. La presencia de esta torre permite identificar el complejo desde la carretera. Aunque no había ningún tipo de problemas para disponer de materiales como el hormigón armado y pretensado, se decidió construir el conjunto según los presupuestos del Grup R, que trataban de recuperar los materiales y los valores locales. Aunque se recurre a los valores de la construcción tradicional, los criterios de composición son extremadamente abstractos. El complejo viene caracterizado por la austeridad en el uso de los materiales y por la combinación de volúmenes prácticamente ciegos. El cuerpo vertical de la trituradora contrasta con el horizontal de la fábrica y aporta el elemento plástico principal al conjunto. Destaca la simplicidad y la abstracción en la composición de los huecos, que están sometidos a variaciones visuales muy refinadas.
  7. Cendrós House

    Manuel Ribas i Piera

    Cendrós House

    El programa inclou l’ús de la planta baixa per a locals comercials, un habitatge de lloguer i l’habitatge de la família propietària. Aquest darrer se situa a doble alçària a l’última planta, de manera que l’habitatge de lloguer queda a l’entresòl. Les dimensions estretes del solar i les complexes servituds de les circulacions fan que es disposin dues caixes d’escala jerarquitzades i s’opti per reservar espais compartits, com ara els dormitoris de tots dos habitatges o el garatge de la planta baixa. La configuració externa de la casa reflecteix el caràcter del programa, que ofereix una imatge insòlita entre els edificis dels voltants.
  8. Habitatges Marina

    Manuel Ribas i Piera

    Habitatges Marina

  9. Llibreria PPC

    Manuel Ribas i Piera

  10. Habitatges Vila Olímpica

    Manuel Ribas i Piera

    Habitatges Vila Olímpica

  11. District 3 Library

    Ravetllat-Ribas Arquitectes, Carles Casamor i Maldonado, Pere Joan Ravetllat i Mira, Manuel Ribas i Piera, Carme Ribas i Seix, Anna Ribas Seix

    District 3 Library

    Located between the street’s sidewalk and one of the paths projected for the park, the building aims to give meaning to the topographical difference between the street and the torrent’s esplanade. The proposal involves two stories in order to build one facing the park and recovers the roof as a public space on the city level, and another one on the city level on the street that becomes the main access and guarantees the visibility of the library from the city.