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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

Design & Development:

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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Set of underground galleries built at different constructive times. The old Canals i Nubiola wineries are built under the urban centre of Sant Esteve Sesrovires and are considered the oldest underground quarries in Catalonia. The wineries are still in full operation.

The construction of the old cellars of the Canals family began in 1860. That year, the construction of a cellar began under the country house-residence of the Canals family, which is located on Carrer Major, on the corner with the current Carrer de Martorell. This cava, named Sant Jordi, began to be produce champagne in 1882. Near his residence, known as Can Canals, Magí Canals had a piece of land with porches and patios located on the same block. On the other hand, according to Llorenç Oller i Bultó's project, in 1875 Magí Canals i Ferrer decided to build in front of his house, on the other side of Carrer Major, an enclosed courtyard with an installation for producing cava and a cellar. Years later, in 1890, Isidre Capellades Goulart sold some land adjacent to the Goulart family's garden to Josep Canals i Nubiola, who then commissioned the construction of cellars from the Barcelona builder Josep Bou Estruch. Bou had arrived in the town to work on the construction of the new parish church. A kilometer of galleries were excavated 30 metres deep. In 1914, the Can Canals underground quarries were extended. The Can Canals house already had underground galleries intended for aging and preserving the wines from its own harvest (cave). It became necessary to extend the wineries, and the yard that the owner deposited on the other side of Carrer Major, known as "Clos de Can Canals" was used to build the extension of the underground galleries. To pass from one building to the other, it was necessary to cross the main street in a straight line across its entire width, at a minimum depth of 8 m. According to the project, the gallery had to have a height of 3 m and a maximum width also of 3 m and the walls, vault and floor had to be covered with brick and cement. In 1920, the new modernist cellar was built, coinciding with one of the heyday of the cellars. In 1988, an expansion of the facilities was carried out with the "Proyecto de Ampliación de la Industria de Elaboración de Vinos Espumosos" located on Carrer Major 3, in the same place where the "Clos de can Canals" was built ", as well as the construction of a new connecting tunnel.

The name of the Roger Goulart cava company combines two of the most representative lineages of Sant Esteve Sesrovires: the Goularts, or Gulart, and the Canals. The first were originally from the French Basque Country and arrived in the town at the end of the 18th century (a branch of the family founded Can Golart d'Esparreguera).

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

Old Champagne cellars, belonging to the Canals i Nubiola firm and currently owned by Remosa. The building is built with exposed brick and decorated with green ceramic panels with grapes.

Source: Inventari del Patrimoni Arquitectònic de Catalunya (IPAC)


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