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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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2019-2023 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2023 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:

2019-2023 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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Isolated building that comes from the refurbishment of a farmhouse. It is composed of ground floor, floor and attic. The façades are flat, with a symmetrical composition. The roof is two-sided, and a lookout tower protrudes from it, finished with a four-sided roof, with a powerful eaves and a barbican crowned by interesting bars.

It is a work renovated by M. J. Raspall, carried out in 1908, and belongs to his modernist period. If it weren't for the baroque play of ceramics and brick and the warm tone of the whole, this would be the closest Raspallian work to Puig i Cadafalch's white popularist series.

Can Xammar de Dalt was initially a small farm that through the generations increased its properties until it came to possess a large heritage. In the 15th century the property of the Mas included all the land in the upper part of L’Ametlla, from Serrat de l'Ocata to Mas Antoja and from Mas Bosquets to Mas Forns. This great heritage gave the Xammar family a great social category. Until the beginning of our century, the Xammar house was a typical south-facing farmhouse with a two-sided roof, ground floor, floor and attic. On the façade there was an arched door and Gothic windows. Above the portal there was a stone indicating the year 1643. The farmhouse had been extended and improved.

In 1906 the entire property was sold to Mr. Joan Millet. The new owner modified the exterior structure of the farmhouse. Inside, the farmhouse underwent few modifications and in general the compartments and rooms it had were preserved. In 1910 Joan Millet had to sell the farm to J. Sindreu.

The refurbishment of Mas Xammar de Dalt was much discussed and criticised at the time by the people of L'Ametlla, who did not approve.

Source: Inventari del Patrimoni Arquitectònic de Catalunya (IPAC)

Irregular-plan farmhouse with an interior structure consisting of three rooms, ground floor, two floors and attic. The roof is two-sided, and a lookout tower protrudes from it, finished with a four-sided roof with a powerful eaves and barbican crowned by interesting bars.
Its original structure probably dates to the 14th century, although in 1643 it was the subject of an important refurbishment. However, the current appearance is the result of the comprehensive remodeling carried out by the modernist architect Manel Joaquim Raspall in 1908.
The main façade integrates some Gothic elements, such as the vaulted portal and the twined and canopied windows on the first floor, with broken and ceramic work that is complemented by wrought iron work on the windows and balconies. The interior follows the structure of a noble farmhouse of the 16th and 17th centuries, but with the reformulation of several spaces under a modernist lens, with decorative elements with Catalanist symbolism: the dragon, the four bars, and the Virgin Montserrat.

In 1908, Joan Millet commissioned the modernist architect Manel Joaquim Raspall to carry out a comprehensive remodeling in accordance with the style of the time. The addition of pinnacles to the gable and the lookout tower, typical of modernist garden houses, is noteworthy.

Agricultural infrastructures:
- The old pond: located about 120 m to the north-west of the house, its function was to water the nearest fields. The pool, which remains abandoned, is rectangular in shape, approximately 15 m long and 7 m wide, and its interior is on two levels. At the end of the 50s, it was converted into a swimming pool shared by the two Millet brothers (Fèlix and Joan). Next to the pool there is an original building, also abandoned, where the showers and changing rooms for the pool are located.

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


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