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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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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Nascut l’any 1917, morí el 15 d’agost de 1990. Títol d’arquitecte: 1947. Va treballar al Brasil des del 1951 al 1954 amb Franz Heep, col·laborador de Le Corbusier, amb qui va presentar un projecte conjunt guanyant la II Biennal Hispanoamericana l’any 1956. El 1958 guanya el concurs per a construir l’edifici de la nova seu del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya a Barcelona. Entre les seves obres destaquen el Col·legi dels Escolapis de Puigcerdà, els edificis de la Caixa de Barcelona i de la Mútua General de Seguros a la Diagonal, el de la Societé Genérale de Banque a la plaça Catalunya o el d’Esade. L’obra d’en Busquets Sindreu sempre ha reflectit la funcionalitat.

Source: Arxiu Històric del COAC

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  1. Set of Apartment Buildings for Industrial Engineers

    Xavier Busquets i Sindreu

    Set of two isolated blocks with a single staircase and two apartments per landing each, located in a triangular block in Barcelona. The two blocks are arranged perpendicular to each other but without touching, leaving a space free for a community garden, with a play area for children. This solution forms an open block that follows the postulates of the Modern Movement when it proposes a resolved urban fabric with an isolated building, since it improves ventilation and lighting, and allows the urban space to be defined without closing it off. But, in this case, the block has fences and its approach is isolated from the rest of the city. The buildings look like two Unités d'Habitation by Le Corbusier. They are raised on concrete piles that generate a dark grey painted porch, with a sloping ceiling to hide the facilities. The upper volumes are painted beige and the stairwells are finished off by a Catalan-style ceramic tile vault. The façades are different depending on their orientation and location: those facing the garden have the best orientation and are made up of terraces from one end to the other, while the façades on the end walls and those facing the street are completely flat and are perforated by a variety of holes that turns them into a very expressive canvas. The stairwells are illuminated with cobblestones that further diversify and enrich the texture of the façade.
  2. Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

    Xavier Busquets i Sindreu

    Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

    The project was the winner of a competition in which the challenge of erecting a building with modern technologies in the Ciutat Vella district, with the proximity of the cathedral and the old Roman wall, was laid out. The winning solution chooses to clearly differentiate a low body, adjusted to the street alignments, and a tower configured independently, with a rectangular plant. The lower body corresponds to the auditorium and is directly linked to the entrance hall through an intermediate mezzanine located above the exhibition hall, on the ground floor. Thus, the building has four levels (the basement, the ground floor, the attic and the function room) that give representative qualities to the part of the building linked to the street, while the tower rises as a series of independent trays, with a vertical communications core (elevator and staircase) located at the rear of the site.
  3. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)


  • Perspectiva de la façana principal dels Habitatges Dalmases.


    Perspectiva de la façana principal dels Habitatges Dalmases.

    Fons Xavier Busquets i Sindreu / Arxiu Històric del COAC

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