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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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

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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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Títol d’arquitecte: 20 d’agost de 1923. Considerat una de les figures rellevants a la dècada dels anys trenta, va mostrar una ferma oposició per l’avantguarda racionalista personificada en el grup GATCPAC. És de destacar les seves aportacions als diaris de l’època , a la revista Arquitectura i Urbanisme, així com les seves pròpies produccions teòriques. Va ser l’últim president de l’Associació d’Arquitectes de Catalunya, i fou membre numerari de l’Acadèmia de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi. Entre les seves obres compten la cripta de l’església de Pompeia, el convent dels caputxins de Sarrià i alguns col·legis majors.

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  1. Remunta de la Casa Joaquim Horta

    Pere Benavent de Barberà Abelló

    Remunta de la Casa Joaquim Horta

  2. Magdalena de Barberà Vergés Dwellings

    Pere Benavent de Barberà Abelló

    Magdalena de Barberà Vergés Dwellings

    Building between partitions located in the Old Esquerra de l’Eixample neighbourhood. It consists of a ground floor and six floors with a flat roof. On the ground floor, 3 large doors open: the central one corresponds to the access portal to the building and the lateral ones to commercial premises. At this level, the wall coverings are plastered and painted except for the door, where the stone ashlars are visible. The upper levels are distributed in four longitudinal axes where rectangular doors open to balconies; the rectangular balconies, with very little overhang, are combined with other larger half-hexagonal ones. On the two lateral axes, the façade protrudes slightly to form large pilasters topped by hollow triangular tympans. The last opening of these pilasters, instead of having a lintel, are semi-circular arches. The facing is of exposed brick with a rounded profile in the jambs of the openings, and the balustrades of the balconies are tubular. This is the oldest house of Pere Benavent de Barberà that meets the rationalist current and in it, classic elements are still visible: the result of its 19th century past. The building, intended for rental housing, was built for his mother.
  3. Casa Anna Maria Torras Riviere

    Pere Benavent de Barberà Abelló

    Casa Anna Maria Torras Riviere

    Pere Benavent seguía los principios constructivos de su época, pero, a su vez, se distanciaba de ella. Estaba en contra del maquinismo, porque pensaba que era contraria a la integridad moral y espiritual de la población, sin embargo, hacía una apuesta por la sinceridad constructiva y la funcionalidad, negando todo tipo de ornamentación añadida. En 1934, preocupado por la durabilidad de las obras, publicó el manual Com he de construir, donde recopilaba la tradición constructiva catalana. En 1939 lo tradujo al castellano: Como debo construir: Manual práctico de construcción de edificios. La casa Torres ocupa un solar en forma de V que da a dos calles opuestas. El acceso se produce por una de las dos calles, y conduce al núcleo vertical que está situado en el vértice. La distribución de cuatro viviendas por rellano, dos a cada fachada, sigue un esquema muy parecido al de la calle Rosselló de Josep Lluís Sert, con las dos fachadas iguales porque expresan la misma distribución en planta. Sin embargo, el lenguaje arquitectónico de las fachadas es muy distinto al del GATCPAC. Se trata de un tipo de construcción más sólida y perdurable en el tiempo, sustituye el estuco de las fachadas por muros de ladrillo visto, y cierra las ventanas con postigos de chapa de acero
  4. Jacint Esteva House

    Pere Benavent de Barberà Abelló

    Jacint Esteva House

    Large building located at the intersection of Passeig de Gràcia and Carrer Rosselló. It consists of a ground floor, six floors, and an attic. The ground plan is divided into 5 blocks that function autonomously as buildings between partitions that face the street and the interior courtyard of the block, except for the chamfer which adopts a triangular shape. The façades are distributed through vertical axes where austere quadrangular windows open. The plan of the wall is broken by some tribunes that stick out marking these vertical axes and that give a volumetric play to the façade. The wall of the attic and the attic are set back from the façade, except in the chamfer where three semi-circular arch windows and two empty niches open between them, a legacy of the architect's 19th-century past. The façade is clad in pink marble from Portugal on the ground floor and artificial beige stone on the rest of the façade. The project consisted of the refurbishment and extension of three pre-existing buildings. In one of the houses the refurbishment was total while in the other two only two more floors were added. The architect did a complete remodelling of the façades to give a unitary vision of the whole. This building is also known as "La Punyalada" for a famous café restaurant which was a meeting place for artists, located at the bottom of the chamfer until 1998.

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