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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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


About us

Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura


2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 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:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

Collaborating Entities:



Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

In Pictures

  • Block J of Montbau Estate

  • Block J of Montbau Estate

  • Block J of Montbau Estate


En general, en els blocs dels anys 60 hi ha una clara diferenciació entre les funcions estructurals i les de tancament que es manifesten en l’aspecte exterior. Amb recursos senzills, a l’abast de l’economia de l’habitatge social, es van aconseguir uns bons resultats donant cert prestigi als conjunts i així a la idea de fer barris amb els quals els veïns s’identifiquessin i dels quals es sentissin orgullosos. Es deixen els materials tal i com són, façanes que mostren el maó sense revestir, volums purs, sense teulades inclinades o cornises ni sòcols, construïts encara amb murs de càrrega. La innovació al bloc J ve donada per l’ús de la ceràmica armada als forjats, que té un comportament estructural similar al del formigó armat. La “sinceritat” formal resultant es reconeix als voladissos dels balcons i a la composició de la fàbrica, amb juntes seguides verticals i horitzontals, evidenciant la pèrdua del paper estructural del pany de façana.

Author: Janice Moret


On the Map