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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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Detached house between partition walls in a corner position. It consists of ground floor, floor and attic. Seated on top of a masonry plinth. The walls of the ground floor are of ashlar up to the brick impost. The openings are circled with exposed work. At the entrance door and balcony there is a depressed convex arch, stylised in a very personal way and another depressed concave one. From the impost, the walls of the façade are of exposed masonry and the openings are of stone. The roof is gabled making a corner. The eaves are supported by worked wooden corbels and between the corbels there is a border with geometric motifs. Under the eaves there is a double arch.

Next to it, a single-family house was added between partition walls. It consists of a ground floor, two floors and a tower. Seated on a masonry plinth. The arches of the openings are a free personal interpretation of the vaulted convex depressed arch. The walls are of exposed construction except for the lowest part, which is of ashlar. On the second floor there is a tower that leads to a viewpoint, the roof is made of clapboards and there is a metal railing. The lintels of the openings on the ground floor are stone. Stone corbels support the pillars of the gallery on the second floor. The roof eaves are an extension of the building next door.

It is the first work of the architect Manel Joaquim Raspall, and he made it before finishing his architecture studies. It is about the refurbishment of Can Mayol, today Can Raspall, carried out in 1903 in his mother's manor house. He reinforced the primitive Gothic character of the building, keeping the ogee windows and the crowning arch and at the same time introducing new elements of the aesthetics of the moment: railings with wrought iron and floral motifs, leaded glass in doors and windows.

Extension of the house in 1920.

Source: Inventari del Patrimoni Arquitectònic de Catalunya (IPAC)


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