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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

Design & Development:

edittio Nubilum

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  1. Firing Range

    Esteve Terradas i Muntañola, Robert Terradas i Muntañola

    Firing Range

    The firing range is located in an area that also includes the Police School, built in the 1980s by the same architects. Both areas are clearly separated and differentiated by the passage of a stream. The different buildings are organised in the form of a campus, far from the traditional image of police buildings. The complex forms an open area framed basically by the natural landscape. As one of the boundaries of the plot is the N-152 road, the classroom buildings and the sports centre are arranged parallel to the road, in a linear fashion. These buildings are connected to each other by a promenade, which also gives access to the swimming pool and the athletics track. The different galleries that make up the shooting facilities are defined by the distance between the shooter and the target. A large rectangular platform acts as an abstract support for the galleries, all of different characteristics and dimensions, by regulation.
  2. Headquarters of the SGAE

    Rafael de Cáceres Zurita, Esteve Terradas i Muntañola, Robert Terradas i Muntañola

    Headquarters of the SGAE

    The headquarters of the SGAE in Barcelona is established on two different buildings in Passeig de Colom and La Mercè Street. The first corresponds to a manor house from the end of the 16th century. The plan is organised around a courtyard, which is reached through a vestibule covered with four-point vaults of low arches. Initially, the entrance is made through La Mercè Street. The urban transformations of the 18th and 19th centuries, which took place on Barcelona's seafront, forced our building to open up to the new space, and to change the direction of the main access. The building typology of the stately building corresponds to the characteristics of the time: carriage entrance and auxiliary outbuildings on the ground floor; main floor with more height and upper floors dedicated to secondary rooms. The second building, without any functional link with the previous one, was dedicated to low-quality housing. The project, in addition to the rehabilitation tasks, has maintained the closed character of the building, opening different points of light inside to facilitate its habitability. The main operations have been: 1. Covering the main courtyard with a skylight to achieve equality between its two entrances. 2. Maintain the role of the main staircase as access to the main floor and open a skylight over it that allows the visual relationship between the floor’s dependencies. 3. Recover the deck as a viewpoint over the port of Barcelona. The fundamental premise of the intervention has been to make the opaque and closed nature of the building compatible with the functional and environmental needs required by an office program. Mainly those of natural lighting and internal interrelation. The project reinforces the contrast between the darkness that we imagine behind the hard façades and the clarity and spatial correspondence that we encounter when we enter the building. The design has not imposed any language unit, but each part of the building has imposed its own conditions. This explains the absence of globalising designs and the taste for diversity in architectural treatment.
  3. Premi Ciutat de Barcelona

    Menció Especial. Category: Architecture and Urbanism
    Headquarters of the SGAE

  4. CosmoCaixa Barcelona

    Terradas Arquitectes, Esteve Terradas i Muntañola, Robert Terradas i Muntañola

    CosmoCaixa Barcelona

    The main idea of the project is to work with the space and the place in which the new building is inserted. The new building had to enhance the existing modernist buildings such as the Convent of Valldonzella from 1910, the building where the old Science Museum was located from 1909, and a small neighbourhood of old constructions of single-family homes. It also had to create a meeting point in the neighbourhood where some university buildings are located. Despite the size of the building (50,000 m2, ten times larger than the modernist building), it was not to adopt an excessive presence in the district or disfigure the urban environment. The building is therefore located below ground level, takes advantage of the natural slope of the land and creates a public square, Ciència Square, and just below there is the large exhibition hall delimited by two large longitudinal skylights which allow you to have a reference to the outside from the underground spaces. In this way, the modernist building, once restored, regains the prominence of the space by presiding over Ciència Square, and the neighbourhood improves the quality of its urban spaces.
  5. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture
    CosmoCaixa Barcelona

  6. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture
    Complex La Pallaresa

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