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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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


About us

Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura


2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2022 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:

2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:



Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

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Arquitecte per l’Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (UPC). Cofundador i codirector de FLEXOarquitectura. La seva obra ha rebut diversos premis i reconeixements, entre ells: Exposats a la Biennal d’Arquitectura de Venècia 2016 (Pavelló Espanyol), Nominada al “Premi d’Arquitectura Contemporània de la Unió Europea-Premi Mies van der Rohe 2013”, Nominada al "Iakov Chernikhov award 2012”, 1er premi “Premis Ciutat de Palma 2011”, 1er premi “Premis arquitectura de Mallorca 07-10” (categoria equipament i categoria interiorisme), 1er premi “Premis arquitectura de Menorca 05-08”, 1er premi “Premis AJAC IX. 2014”(categoria arquitectura d’interiors i categoria obra no construïda), Seleccionat “ Premis FAD 2011”, Finalista “V Premis Enor”, Seleccionat “Bienal Española de arquitectura y urbanismo BEAU XI”, Seleccionat “Premis Saloni 2010”, Seleccionat i exposat a l’exposició “Vogadors Architectural Rowers” de la Biennale d’Architettura de Venècia 2012, i seleccionat i exposat al Cities Connection Project de Ticino, Barcelona i Ginebra. Ha impartit classes de projectes a Barcelona a BAU-Universitat de Vic (2001-05), Istituto Europeo di Design (2006-07), La Salle-Ramon Llull (2005-08 ), ETSAB-UPC (2009-10), a ETH-Zürich (2011-12), a IASAP-Illinois Architecture Study Abroad Program (2014), al Master progam Sreda-UPCTech a San Petersburg (2015) i a la Universitat Kore d’Enna. En 2014 va ser co-director del Taller Vertical 2014 de l’ESARQ-UIC i membre de la junta del FAD durant els anys 2015-2019. Actualment és professor associat en la ETSAV-UPC, Barcelona (2007-) i professor convidat International School-UIC (2013-).


On the Map



  1. Les Corts Apartment Buildings

    Flexo Arquitectura, Tomeu Ramis Frontera, Aixa del Rey García, Bárbara Vich Arrom

    Les Corts Apartment Buildings

    Within the parameters dictated by the M.P.G.M., we propose a threefold objective: 1. ENVIRONMENT / CONTEXT. Respond to the multiplicity of stairs in the environment using volumetric fragmentation and the arrangement (grouping and rhythm) of the façade holes. 2. SPECIFICITY. Provide each of the homes with the corresponding specificity according to the location in the building. Escape the form as a result of the addition of a single type. 3. COMFORT. Use the architectural form as a comfort strategy working the emptying of the buildable volume to achieve maximum sunshine and natural cross ventilation. On the south-facing façades we incorporate umbrella galleries to regulate energy exchange.
  2. Oval Bar and Hamburger Restaurant

    Flexo Arquitectura, Tomeu Ramis Frontera, Aixa del Rey García, Bárbara Vich Arrom

    Oval Bar and Hamburger Restaurant

    The commission consisted of the refurbishment of a 200 m2 commercial establishment located on the ground floor of a late 19th century building in Barcelona's Eixample, a premises that had undergone various interventions that had masked its character. On the other hand, the place will be used for Bar-Hamburger Restaurant, open from 9:00 am to 24:00 pm, and compatible with the different service time slots; breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. The main strategy was to recover what was considered essential: to perceive the spaciousness of the premises and enhance its industrial character by recovering its characteristic materiality. The intensification of material memory is not at all nostalgic or romantic, but an unprejudiced and integrative attitude was chosen that did not discriminate between this or that, but instead opted for this and that; in this way, certain layers of a past were updated that coexist with other added layers, avoiding the relationship by contrast (the new versus the old) or integrative (the new subject to the old). The different areas that make up the uses of the bar were defined based on the specificity of the furniture and lighting, in a linear sequence of uses of 25 metres in length that begins with the outdoor-covered space of the bar entrance, until you reach the kitchen. The project and construction process were extremely fast (three months in total) and, together with strong economic constraints (320 € / m2), made a clear and determined strategy essential: DIY. This has made it possible to operate in an open sequence, where errors and work modifications were incorporated into the result in an action-reaction process and where coexistence between various contradictions appears as an added value. An attitude without prejudice that operates with a hybrid technique capable of dealing with materials and techniques from different sources, whether physical or temporary.
  3. Blitz Bar

    Flexo Arquitectura, Tomeu Ramis Frontera, Aixa del Rey García, Bárbara Vich Arrom

    Blitz Bar

    L’encàrrec consisteix en la reforma d’un local comercial de 80m2 i dues plantes situat a la planta baixa d'un edifici del segle XX, situat en una plaça entre el centre de la ciutat vella i la xarxa de Barcelona (Eixample). El nou local es destinarà a un bar de sandvitx obert de 9h a 24h on prendre esmorzars, menjars ràpids o fins i tot còctels, lligant el caràcter de menjar ràpid al dinamisme que envolta la zona; diversos edificis d'oficines, dues estacions de metro, avingudes principals, etc. Entenem el projecte com una oportunitat per recuperar allò que considerem essencial del local: la geometria triangular de l'espai, la generosa alçada original del local i el seu caràcter. Pel que fa a aquest últimpunt, l'establiment va funcionar durant la dècada dels 40 com ambigú, antic bar del teatre que encara es troba al'altre costat de la plaça. Tot i que el teatre i el bar no estan vinculats més en termes funcionals, proposem establir un vincle entre tots dos a través de la materialitat del bar. La intensificació de la memòria material no és en absolut nostàlgica o romàntica, sinó que es va optar per una actitud sense prejudicis i integradora que no discriminés entre això o allò, sinó que optés per això i allò; d'aquesta manera, es van actualitzar certes capes d'un passat (columnes octogonals de formigó) que conviuen amb altres capes afegides, en una relació vis-a-vis, fent ressò de dues qüestions fonamentals: l'antic teatre, utilitzant miralls, llums o el sostre de moqueta i les antigues sandvitxeries de Barcelona, amb l'ús de marbre. A la planta baixa, on es situa el bar, els materials s'han definit seguint una estratificació de 3 franges per tal d'augmentar la percepció de l'alçada del local; marbre al terra, taulers de fusta i miralls a lesparets i la moqueta negra al sostre. A la planta soterrani, on se situen els lavabos i els magatzems, les parets existents han estat directa i simplement pintats encolor blau per tal d'equilibrar la inversió en planta baixa. El procés va ser extremadament ràpid (tres mesos en total) i amb fortes constriccions econòmiques, així que vam optar per una estratègia clara i determinada: el BRICOLATGE. Això ha permès operaren una seqüència oberta d’acció-reacció, on els errors i les modificacions en obra s’entenen com un valor afegit. Ens interessa un tècnica híbrida capaç de tractar materials i tècniques locals properes ala tradició artesanal amb materials i tècniques industrials d'altres procedències.
  4. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)


    Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Oval Bar and Hamburger Restaurant

    Flexo Arquitectura, Tomeu Ramis Frontera, Aixa del Rey García, Bárbara Vich Arrom