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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

Created by:


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

Design & Development:

edittio Nubilum

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We kindly invite you to help us improve the dissemination of Catalan architecture through this space. Here you can propose works and provide or amend information on authors, photographers and their work, along with adding comments. The Documentary Commission will analyze all data. Please do only fill in the fields you deem necessary to add or amend the information.

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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In Pictures

  • Empar de Santa Llúcia Home for the Blind

  • Empar de Santa Llúcia Home for the Blind

  • Empar de Santa Llúcia Home for the Blind

  • Empar de Santa Llúcia Home for the Blind

  • Empar de Santa Llúcia Home for the Blind

  • Empar de Santa Llúcia Home for the Blind

  • Empar de Santa Llúcia Home for the Blind


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All works


Chronology (6)

  1. Empar de Santa Llúcia Home for the Blind

    Josep Domènech Estapà

    Empar de Santa Llúcia Home for the Blind

  2. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Restoration
  3. Science Museum

    Garcés -Sòria Arquitectes, Jordi Garcés i Brusés, Enric Sòria i Badia

    Science Museum

    The Social Work of the "Old Age Pensions and Savings Fund of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands" programmed the conversion of the old asylum building "Amparo de Santa Lucía" into a museum. The building consisted of two sectors. The first, built by the architect Domènech i Estepà between 1904 and 1909, is easily identifiable in the work as a whole. The other, from the 1940s, in the area adjacent to that of Domènech i Estepà, which was the least recoverable due to the small dimensions and layout of the spaces that made it up. Here, the total replacement of the built volume was carried out, which made it possible to reach, with the new work, three primary objectives at the same time: 1. Clarity and slack in the interior distribution of the building. An essential condition in a place like this. 2. Innovative and resounding exterior image very suitable for a building recently added to its public role. 3. Transparency of the building in the central area, which makes it possible to transfer the qualities of the southern exterior to the interior of the building and, consequently, to the main access oriented to the North. On the other hand, we can say that the whole building is made up of a succession of diaphanous rooms, of considerable dimensions, all of them connected to the high-rise central hall and the gardens located to the south of the site.
  4. CosmoCaixa Barcelona

    Terradas Arquitectes, Esteve Terradas i Muntañola, Robert Terradas i Muntañola

    CosmoCaixa Barcelona

    The main idea of the project is to work with the space and the place in which the new building is inserted. The new building had to enhance the existing modernist buildings such as the Convent of Valldonzella from 1910, the building where the old Science Museum was located from 1909, and a small neighbourhood of old constructions of single-family homes. It also had to create a meeting point in the neighbourhood where some university buildings are located. Despite the size of the building (50,000 m2, ten times larger than the modernist building), it was not to adopt an excessive presence in the district or disfigure the urban environment. The building is therefore located below ground level, takes advantage of the natural slope of the land and creates a public square, Ciència Square, and just below there is the large exhibition hall delimited by two large longitudinal skylights which allow you to have a reference to the outside from the underground spaces. In this way, the modernist building, once restored, regains the prominence of the space by presiding over Ciència Square, and the neighbourhood improves the quality of its urban spaces.
  5. Premi Ciutat de Barcelona

    Menció Especial. Category: Architecture and Urbanism
  6. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

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