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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Eduard Callís Francesc Rafat Pau Albert Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Mercè Bosch Jaume Farreny Anton Pàmies Juan Manuel Zaguirre Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Moisés Puente Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque


2019-2024 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero Lucía M. Villodres

External Collaborators:

2019-2024 Helena Cepeda Inès Martinel

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:



Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico


Basílica de la Sagrada Família


Museu del Disseny de Barcelona






EINA Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona




Fundació Domènench Montaner.

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edittio Nubilum

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The Old Slaughterhouse of Esparreguera is one of Domènech Mansana's works that are conceived on the border between Catalan Art Nouveau aesthetics and Noucentisme. Some construction details and the use of exposed brick framing openings still evoke the modernist sources, but the lack of added decoration and the basilica plan and section of the building are already of a noucentist style. In this way, the property, which occupies an area of 300 m2, consists of three naves separated by columns, the central one higher than the side ones, which are symmetrical. The central nave is covered by a gable roof, while the sides are covered with single-sided roofs. In the main nave, the main façade is arranged with respect to a central axis, where the access door is located, in a pointed arch profiled in brick and green glazed ceramic buttons on the imposts. In the gable there is a large window which is also pointed and is divided into three parts by two mullions. On each front of the side aisles there is a large window with a wavy arch, a form that is repeated in the windows of the side façades. The building also receives natural light from the line of windows that open at the top of the sides of the central nave, which repeat the wavy shape of the lintels and are tripartite with single mullions. The cornices are decorated with lace placed under the eaves, and at the ends of this there are stepped ornaments in the form of corbels.

The slaughterhouse stopped functioning as such in 1985. Then it was used as a cultural centre and hosted exhibitions, as well as the castellers, the giants and the devils of Esparreguera. It is Esparreguera's Federation of Entities of Popular and Traditional Catalan Culture, users of this equipment, that bring together the different groups.

Josep Domènech Mansana was the son of the architect Josep Domènech i Estapà. In 1917 he was appointed architect of the Ministry of Public Instruction, from where he built schools in Badalona, Argentona, Igualada, Esparreguera, etc. He was also the municipal architect of Esparreguera and Sant Celoni, where he designed the Casa de la Vila, the Athenaeum and the Slaughterhouse, and a professor at the School of Arts and Artistic Crafts in Barcelona.

Source: Inventari del Patrimoni Arquitectònic de Catalunya (IPAC)

Basilica-style building with three naves. On the façade, a remarkable portal opens with an exposed brick arch and decorated with tiles, and above it there is a large semi-circular window. On either side of the main door there are two windows with an undulating line at the top, as are the windows opening at the top of the sides of the nave. The roof of the central nave has two slopes and those of the side naves have one slope. The eaves is decorated with a toothed moulding.

This slaughterhouse replaced the one in Plaça de Santa Anna, where the Mare de Déu de la Muntanya school is today. It stopped functioning as such in the 1980s. Josep Domènech i Mansana, an architect born in 1910, was the son of Josep Domènech i Estapà. In 1917 he was appointed architect of the Ministry of Public Instruction, from where he built schools in Badalona, Argentona, Igualada, Esparreguera, etc. Other of his works in Barcelona are the El Águila warehouses, the Caixa Mútua Popular de Barcelona and the Santa Tereseta church. He was the municipal architect of Sant Celoni, where he built the town house, the Athenaeum and the slaughterhouse. He published "The house" (1923), "ABC of the owner" (1925) and "The urban estate" (1928). He was a professor at the School of Arts and Artistic Crafts in Barcelona.

Source: Mapes de Patrimoni Cultural. Diputació de Barcelona (diba)


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