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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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The old ceramic factory in Pujol i Bausis, popularly known as "La Rajoleta", was one of the most important centres of industrial ceramic production in Catalonia. It is located between Carrer de l’Església and Passatge del Puig d'Ossa, in the city centre of Esplugues de Llobregat. This industry began its activity in the last quarter of the 19th century, although its industrial antecedent began its activity in the middle of the 19th century. The culminating moment of its manufacturing activity came at the end of the 19th century during the modernist era with the commissions of prominent architects of this artistic movement such as: Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner or Puig i Cadafalch.

The factory ended its activity in 1984 and then the city council acquired the property. Several buildings were demolished and archaeological surveys were carried out which allowed the underground spaces to be discovered and documented, such as the large underground oven, which is, 20 m long, or the six Arab-type ovens (ca. 1887). The large 22-metre-high brick chimney located at the southern end of the plot and the two large bottle ovens also made of brick remain standing.

These last bottle kilns, named because of their shape, were built between 1913 and 1914 to bake stoneware and porcelain, in the context of a remodelling of the factory under the direction of its owner, Pau Pujol. With a circular base, they are formed by a cylindrical section covered by a conical section topped by a chimney. They are made of brick reinforced with a steel mesh made of iron rings and strips to prevent expansion of the facing during the firing of the pieces. Several semicircular arched openings at the base.

The industrial antecedent of the Pujol i Bausis ceramics factory dates back to 1858, when two French businessmen built a mill on this land owned by the Pujol family. In 1876 the factory was acquired by Jaume Pujol i Bausis, who remodeled it in the 1880s to manufacture ceramics, and since then it has been known as "La Rajoleta". Its heyday corresponds to the period of modernism, during which the main architects of this artistic movement commissioned work at the factory. In 1901, Joan Baptista Alòs, renowned ceramic designer and teacher at several arts and crafts schools, began working there as artistic director. After the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), the factory became a limited company, it stopped manufacturing ceramic tiles and started manufacturing high voltage insulators for the electricity companies. Finally, its activity ended in 1984 and the city council acquired the property.

After several archaeological prospecting campaigns, in 2002, the La Rajoleta Ceramics Museum was inaugurated in a newly constructed space located in the centre of the old industrial site.

Source: Inventari del Patrimoni Arquitectònic de Catalunya (IPAC)

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