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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

Àrea de Cultura


2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2022 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:

2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:



Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

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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.

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Situat en una cantonada de l'Eixample barceloní, la reforma de l'antic bar exigia la creació d'una nova formulació espacial que estigués d'acord amb la seva nova identitat, associada de forma bastant lliure amb la cuina tradicional catalana. Per això s'ha creat un nou sistema de voltes que permet reconstruir una successió d'àmbits diferenciats i que dota a l'espai d'un caràcter domèstic sense perdre per això una percepció contínua entre les diferents zones. Partint de la forma en planta preexistent en forma de V, la intervenció es concentra en el cel ras, que consisteix en una seqüència de voltes de fusta de mig punt i diàmetres variables. Una vegada definides les regles formals de joc, aquestes se segueixen rigorosament. Aquest sistema constructiu s'estén fins a la línia de façana i intersecciona amb la preexistència de manera lliure en tots els seus punts. D'aquesta manera, la trobada del cel ras amb la façana permet mostrar la secció voltada a través de les finestres, de manera que el perfil de l'espai interior es retalla sobre el límit exterior. La secció es converteix d'aquesta manera en el propi aparador. Però no existeix sistema sense excepció. En l'accés s'ha deixat vist, a manera de tramoia, el extradós de les voltes per a fer evident el seu caràcter no estructural i reforçar així el seu caràcter escenogràfic i ficcional. Tota identitat es funda en una construcció simbòlica.

Author: MAIO


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