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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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. Les Palmeres Housing Complex

    mateoarquitectura, Josep Lluís Mateo i Martínez

    Les Palmeres Housing Complex

    Next to a large avenue that separates an urban void from the built-up city, the building unfolds in a curved shape as a single 280-metre-long body. The set is defined as a long building and two small final constructions that allow us to understand the scale and unitary dimensions of the linear block. The main building is divided into two bodies: a wide, half-buried base on which a narrower body that contains the housing slides. The treatment of the surfaces increases this intensity. On the convex side, the galvanised steel and glass base supports a band of red brick with systematically arranged perforations. The concave part also expresses standardisation through enormous stone pieces of 3 x 1.50 metres. The work with this panel aims to dematerialise it and transform the hardness of the concrete into a fabric, more suitable for the day areas it encloses.
  2. Office Building for CZF

    mateoarquitectura, Josep Lluís Mateo i Martínez

    Office Building for CZF

    The upper part of the office tower, which is suspended, is covered with a double layer of glass. At night it will take on the appearance of a lighthouse. Again at night, lights climbing up it will reveal the presence and consistency of the building (work of the artist Silvia Hornig). The entire volume breaks down into various parts that are unified formally and structurally by solid communications core built of exposed concrete. One of these is reminiscent of the south façade of the CCIB. A sample of what occurs abuts the volume of the CCIB, giving rise to the appearance of courtyards. One of these courtyards runs lengthways, creating a tangential cut that will be a jungle. The central courtyard gives the façade a sense of movement towards the street. Rreflective pieces of white stone are at its feet.
  3. AC Forum Hotel

    mateoarquitectura, Josep Lluís Mateo i Martínez

    AC Forum Hotel

    It is a solid piece, a sculptured volume with relatively small windows. The cut at the middle of its height and a certain shaping of the mass are reinforced by the different quality of its external surfaces cut, polished or bush-hammered Extremeño granite. The rooms' ground plans follow the standards of the chain. The access continues the same arguments as the façade of the adjacent CCIB, a large portico, letters and lights, colours (red), though, as usual, in a more domestic and delicate tone.


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