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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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2019-2023 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2023 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:

2019-2023 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

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edittio Nubilum

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Cronology (7)

  1. Edifici de Filatures de la Fàbrica Can Batlló

    Rafael Guastavino Moreno

    Edifici de Filatures de la Fàbrica Can Batlló

  2. Loom Building in Can Batlló Factory

    Rafael Guastavino Moreno

    The Universitat Industrial is an enclosure that occupies four blocks of the Eixample Cerdà, built over time by three different main architects, which recycles the Batlló Factory – eccentric with respect to the complex (current Rellotge Building, located in the middle of a square, respecting the streets) – and is organized taking as its axis Còrsega Street, aligned with Comte d'Urgell and with the Rotonda as access. The complex has a structure based on pavilions that leave courtyards in the middle, with a central access body, several classroom pavilions and a chapel at the end of the complex. Both the Rotonda and Can Batlló are designed by Rafael Guastavino, with very sober worked stone façades and virtuously designed interior structures, with flat brick vaults taken to the limit of constructive possibilities. The complex grows in the form of pavilions enlarged by Joan Rubió i Bellver, who also has a pavilion opposite París Street, located in a parallel position to the street. The ordinance keeps Comte Borrell Street inside the enclosure, although it is not passable on foot. It is a good example of additive architecture where each component makes sense for itself and maintains the harmony of the whole. The last architect to take part in the complex was Manuel Baldrich, who extended the workshops and built the swimming pools on París Street, two notable examples of post-war architecture, with a concrete structure and folded roofs that take centre stage. Rubió’s structures are also remarkable, with a succession of parabolic arches in the workshops and a crossing of the same arches in the chapel, decorated with a soft polychrome of remarkable late modernist taste. The complex is completely closed but is public and accessible from the Rotonda. Its communes can be visited.
  3. Edifici d'Accés, Oficines i Magatzems a la Fàbrica Can Batlló

    Rafael Guastavino Moreno

  4. Edifici de Blanqueig i Acabats de la Fàbrica Can Batlló

    Rafael Guastavino Moreno

  5. La Massa Theatre

    Rafael Guastavino Moreno

    L’element més significatiu de l’obra de Guastavino és la cúpula esfèrica que cobreix la platea, feta de maó pla seguint procediments constructius tradicionals, si bé perfeccionant-ne l’execució. La rehabilitació del teatre passa per la restauració dels principals components de l’antiga obra, com també per la seva adequació tecnològica amb vista a l’ús actual. El teatre, un dels principals monuments del centre de Vilassar, juntament amb l’església, l’ajuntament i el futur museu, s’obre a l’espai urbà a través d’uns nous accessos afegits a l’antiga fàbrica. El cos que acull el cafè, annex al teatre, en comparteix l’entrada, juntament amb l’escala d’accés al pis superior. El vestíbul d’entrada forma un altre cos afegit, tangent a la galeria de la platea, que refà la façana del teatre que dóna a la plaça. Una plataforma suspesa al centre de la cúpula fa de corrector acústic, pont d’il·luminació de l’escena i lluminària general de la platea.
  6. Asland Factory Building

    Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company, Eduard Ferrés i Puig, Rafael Guastavino Moreno, Isidoro Pedraza de la Pascua, Ewing Wallace

    Asland Factory Building

    Va ser la primera factoria de la companyia Asland, fundada el 1901 per l’industrial i mecenes Eusebi Güell. Va començar a funcionar l’any 1903, i era la primera fàbrica del país que produïa ciment del tipus pòrtland. Es tracta d’una obra construïda en una disposició esglaonada o “en cascada”, al vessant dret del naixement del Llobregat. Aquesta disposició afavoria el procés de producció, per la seva proximitat als punts d’explotació de la primera matèria, i també permetia aprofitar l’energia hidràulica del riu. La fàbrica funcionava pel principi normal de la gravetat. A la part alta es recollia la marga i la calcària de les pedreres situades més amunt, i a la base s’obtenia el producte definitiu. Guastavino va utilitzar per a les construccions voltes a la catalana amb tirants, amb llums de 12 metres. Un petit ferrocarril de via estreta, amb vies de 60 centímetres d’amplada, connectava la fàbrica amb Berga i Manresa. La fàbrica va tancar l’any 1975.

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