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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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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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Arquitecte superior per l'E.T.S.A.B.
L'any 1984 s'integra al despatx Viaplana / Piñón del que és arquitecte associat durant el període 1990-1997.
L'any 1993 obté el premi FAD per la rehabilitació de la Casa de la Caritat CCCB.
Des de l'any 2001 fins al 2017 és responsable de l'assignatura de Taller de Projectes a la URL.

Author: Ricard Mercadé Aurora Fernandez Arquitectes

Works (11)

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Chronology (19)

  1. Premi Ciutat de Barcelona

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture and Urbanism
    Arts Santa Mònica Cultural Centre

  2. 133 Dwellings in the Vila Olímpica

    Viaplana / Piñón Arquitectes, Ricard Mercadé i Rogel, Heliodoro Piñón Pallarés, Albert Viaplana i Veà

    133 Dwellings in the Vila Olímpica

    The dwellings take up one of the Eixample’s irregular squares, which is cut short by the diagonality of Bogatell Avenue. The main building maintains the continuity of the façade of Arquitecte Sert Street and Icària Avenue and builds the corner as a screen that conceals the separation between two independent buildings. Two smaller bodies, with the same type of housing, restore the diagonal layout of Bogatell Avenue. The block that faces Icària Avenue deviates from the street to maintain strict orthogonality, while a stepped series of terraces restores the layout of the avenue. The arrangement of the blocks, as well as the treatment of the façades, reveal the irregular shape of the block of houses by means of an adaptation device that seeks autonomy in the arrangement of the houses. The openings in the street reveal this rift between the dwellings and the arrangement of the streets.
  3. Montserrat Roig Public Library

    Viaplana / Piñón Arquitectes, Ricard Mercadé i Rogel, Heliodoro Piñón Pallarés, Albert Viaplana i Veà

    Montserrat Roig Public Library

    The library is located in a sloping park, next to the railway, and its layout is based on a reading of the altimetry of the site that does not interfere with the continuity of the park. The building is accessed from the highest level of the park, through a porch formed by the two upper floors. Above the porch, a 45-degree cut opens the two floors to the north through a large window, at the same time expanding and articulating the extension of the park. On the side street, both floors begin the formation of a longitudinal vault, independent of the structural supports, which generates a porch with its concavity. On the opposite side, the reading rooms open onto the park through glass enclosures. In this way, the building adopts an orientation in relation to the point that generated it. The archive is buried under the entrance to the library, always referred to the highest level of the park.
  4. Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)

    Viaplana / Piñón Arquitectes, Ricard Mercadé i Rogel, Heliodoro Piñón Pallarés, Albert Viaplana i Veà

    Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)

    The project responds to the need to convert the old Charity House into a metropolitan cultural facility, respecting the old building and incorporating a program consisting of a new lobby, two exhibition halls and a system of ramps that connected all the floors. Viaplana chooses to build a new body on the free side of the building and turn the basement of the Women’s Patio into the new lobby. The access takes place down a ramp from the same courtyard, and from the lobby you reach the ramps that slide along the façade of the new building. This is an intervention that gives a new functionality and a new character to the courtyard, closed on one side by a large glass partition. At the point where the partition extends beyond the existing building, it folds over the courtyard, suggesting a covering gesture, while, through reflection, it provides a suggestion of the urban landscape that extends outside the courtyard.
  5. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture
    Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)

  6. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture
    Montserrat Roig Public Library

  7. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Outdoor Spaces
    Moll d'Espanya Quay, L'Istme Park and Rambla de Mar

  8. Premis Bonaplata

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Béns Immobles
    Biblioteca Montserrat Abelló

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