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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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

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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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  1. Paniker House

    Joan Antoni Ballesteros i Figueras, Joan Carles Cardenal i González, Francisco de la Guardia Conte, Pere Llimona Torras, Xavier Ruiz Vallés

    Paniker House

    Detached single-family home located in a residential area very close to the old centre of Pedralbes. The floor plan is rotated about thirty degrees with respect to the plot so that the house faces south, where it has a view of the Pedralbes Monastery. The unevenness of the land has motivated the creation of a series of platforms that allow direct access from the rooms to the rear garden, reserved for children. The house is raised on metal pillars to improve the views and ensure that the entire surface of the land, which is not very large, can be used as a garden. The distribution of the house is organised around a central landscaped patio, which serves as access to the house below. In the northern part are the children's and service rooms, with a very wide corridor where you can study and play, and which at one end becomes the laundry room. In the central part are the parents' suite, the hall with the staircase and the kitchen. Finally, the dining room and living room are in the southern part. The house is surrounded by a perimeter terrace that is divided into two parts, one for the day area and the other for the night area. The concrete structure is a very expressive element of the house. The walls are stuccoed in sienna, the ceilings are painted in white, and the wooden windows are protected by sliding white shutters.
  2. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture
    Paniker House

  3. Monés Jewellery Shop

    Joan Antoni Ballesteros i Figueras, Joan Carles Cardenal i González, Francisco de la Guardia Conte, Pere Llimona Torras, Xavier Ruiz Vallés

    Monés Jewellery Shop

    The building was originally conceived as the headquarters of a jewellery factory. The lower part is designed as a transparent plinth that allows the structure to be seen and contains the most public area of the program: customer service, offices and exhibition hall. In contrast, the upper volume is much opaquer and contains the factory itself: assembly workshops, services and changing rooms. The distribution of all the floors is very flexible and systematic, it is organised from a perimeter route that surrounds the workspaces and the vertical communication core, perpendicular to the longest façade. The upper volume is clad in grey tile and has strategically placed openings based on solar orientation and the desire to enhance the purity of the rectangular prism. In one of the front walls there is a single vertical cut, while the longest façade contains three galleries that are protected by planes of adjustable slats flush with the exterior face. The roof plan is protected by an opaque wall one storey high that finishes off the whole and has a large opening that balances the general composition of the openings.
  4. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture
    Monés Jewellery Shop

  5. Vic Law Courts

    Pere Llimona Torras, Xavier Ruiz Vallés

    Vic Law Courts

    L’edifici interpreta el programa variat i atomitzat de la seu dels jutjats a través d’una estructura metàl·lica que permet distribucions diferents a cadascuna de les plantes. La planta baixa és un espai lliure cobert que afavoreix l’entrada independent al Col·legi d’Advocats, inclòs al mateix edifici. Les obertures de les diverses plantes responen estrictament als requeriments dels espais interiors. L’edifici es presenta com un cub que completa la cantonada entre dos carrers de l’eixample, separat de les edificacions veïnes i estructurat com una sèrie de safates preparades per assimilar la diversitat del programa.
  6. Calatrava House

    Pere Llimona Torras, Xavier Ruiz Vallés

    Calatrava House

    It is a complex of two towers joined by a vertical communications core. The two towers are rotated with respect to each other, and each have a single apartment per landing, with a different distribution depending on the orientation and relative position of the vertical communications core. In both cases, the houses are distributed around a small central corridor, in such a way that all the rooms face the outside. The structure is made of exposed metal pillars and girders, which are protected against fire on the inside. The exterior enclosure is made of exposed brick, flush with the metal structure, as in Mies van der Rohe’s American architecture on the IIT campus. On this volume a series of terraces are cut inwards, which allow the windows to be placed in the background. As the terraces do not go from pillar to pillar, the buttresses of the brick wall have unequal dimensions in relation to the pillars, and appear to be displaced, as if they were in motion. This displacement generates a counterpoint effect that helps express the character of enclosure and lightness of the wall. The structure and the metal railings are painted in a bluish-grey color; the edges of the slabs are seen above the girders and are painted white; and the carpentry and roller shutters are made of varnished wood. The ground floor is occupied by commercial premises.
  7. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture
    Via Augusta 242 Apartment Building

  8. Reforma del Palau de Justícia de Girona

    Pere Llimona Torras

    Reforma del Palau de Justícia de Girona

    La constitució d’aquesta casa palau es va produir a partir del trasllat del seminari, el 1769, tot i que una realineació anterior de la plaça (1606, Arévalo de Zuazo, bisbe) ja n’havia modificat la façana i l’estructura. Arran de la seva adquisició pels Pastors es va convertir en una de les estructures domèstiques de major qualitat i espectacularitat de la ciutat, amb la seva escalinata i sales nobles i amb el pati porticat. El 1959 l’Ajuntament la cedí al Govern, i el 1970, de mans d’un Llimona que havia ja actuat en edificis judicials com el de Manresa, se’n va recompondre el carejament i el dovellatge del portal i s’hi va reinstal·lar l’equipament actual, amb ambició als espais interiors i amb alguna dissonància volumètrica. El 2008, l’Audiència Provincial està en curs de traslladar-se al sector del Güell, després d’enderrocar-s’hi una decadent i contestada plaça de toros. La cara oest de la casa Pastors s’assenta sobre el mur del primer recinte fortificat i inclou també una part de l’antic castell de Sobreportes dels Montcada així com, inscrites, les restes de la porta nord del cardo romà, que encara conserva dues torres quadrangulars de les quals es llegeixen la base fundacional i l’opus quadratum baiximperial. Les torres medievals, cilíndriques, ofereixen un episodi més de la magnífica constel·lació de volums a la cara externa del portal.
  9. Casa Rifà Tenas

    Pere Llimona Torras

    Casa Rifà Tenas

    Tres poliedres disposats al voltant dels espais de comunicació conformen un volum molt adaptat al terreny i es juxtaposen amb un interessant joc de cobertes que incorpora porxos als intersticis. Els desnivells interiors permeten la relació amb un entorn desigual.
  10. Edifici Poeta Marquina 2

    Pere Llimona Torras, Xavier Ruiz Vallés

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