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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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Building between partitions, with a ground floor and three landings, as well as a symmetrically composed façade and curvilinear gable roof. The latter includes a grandiose and exaggerated ornamental composition with ribbons, fleurons, tiles and embossed buttons with high-quality metallic reflections.

The "whiplash" type forgings are very characteristic of Raspall's first stage, full of imagination and exuberance.

Located in Porxada Square, it is a main public space in Granollers, where the traditional Thursday market takes place. In its surroundings there are Renaissance buildings, so it represents a visual variant together with the Town Hall, also very important in the square.

It belongs to the network of constructions from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a period of great construction activity in Granollers and Vallès Oriental, where the bourgeoisie opted for the decorativism and imagination presented by modernism.

Source: Inventari del Patrimoni Arquitectònic de Catalunya (IPAC)

House located in Porxada Square, in the centre of the old walled city, renovation of an earlier building. This building is one of the most representative of this square and of the modernism from Granollers, constituting an important visual landmark within the complex. It is a building between the ground floor and three floors with an Arabic tile gable roof. It presents a façade with symmetrical composition in two axes and geometric ornamentation with formal and decorative elements (medallions, ribbons, ceramic buttons, wrought iron, etc.) very representative of the modernist language. The building presents a façade divided vertically into three segments: the ground floor (which has been renovated), the first and second floors that start from the curved balcony that forms their base and the crowning, marked by the strong personality of the ovoidal opening of the third floor. It is the only building where the name of the architect is found in modernist style, engraved in bas-relief, on a stone on the façade, with the same characteristics, the number 17 is also engraved (CUSPINERA et al., 2001; HERITAGE, 1985).

It is about the refurbishment of an old house in a square between partitions, Ca l'Argenter, so called perhaps because its owners had worked in the silver industry. Since its refurbishment, it has been an important urban landmark within the square (GARCÍA-PEY, 1990).

Protected in the 1985 PEPHA and proposed protection in the new PEPHA File. No. R-086

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


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