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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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


About us

Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura


2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 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:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero


Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:



Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

In Pictures

  • Norman Foster

  • Norman Foster


On the Map



  1. Collserola Telecommunications Tower

    Norman Foster

    Collserola Telecommunications Tower

    Foster afronta el programa d’una torre de comunicacions aplicant-hi el màxim d’innovacions tecnològiques per aconseguir la màxima alçària, el mínim diàmetre i, per tant, la màxima esveltesa. Situada a 440 metres sobre el nivell del mar, la torre té 288 metres d’alçària, i la plataforma-mirador es troba a 135 metres del terra. Un únic element portant a compressió, de formigó, sosté el cos de les plataformes per a les antenes, de només 4,50 metres de diàmetre. Tota l’estabilitat pesa sobre un sistema de nou cables d’acer, agrupats de tres en tres, que treballen exclusivament a tensió i eviten el moviment oscil·latori. Els cables superiors, que sostenen l’antena, són de fibra d’aram, que no és conductora de l’electricitat. Els mateixos requisits amb mitjans més convencionals haurien generat un diàmetre de 25 metres. Per la seva posició i per la singularitat del seu perfil, la torre ha esdevingut una de les icones que identifiquen la ciutat.
  2. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Buildings of new plant for public use

    FAD Award

    Collserola Telecommunications Tower

    Norman Foster