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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

  • Colomer House

  • Colomer House

  • Colomer House

  • Colomer House

  • Colomer House

  • Colomer House

  • Colomer House


Reforma integral i ampliació d'un edifici existent per a l'industrial de la construcció Joaquim Colomer. La planta baixa està destinada a botiga i els tres pisos a habitatges. En la composició de la façana predomina la verticalitat, marcada per les obertures, les franges verticals que recorren tota la llargària i el cos central que s'eleva sobre el fris. Cal destacar els tres plafons de terracuita amb relleus de Jaume Busquets, la ceràmica de la Gabarra dels rètols de la botiga i els treballs en forja de la porta d'entrada i l'òval que la corona, on apareix un colom en referència al nom del propietari.

Author: Fundació Rafael Masó

Habitatge i botiga propis i pisos de renda per a un industrial local de la construcció. L’organització en planta del programa desperta un cert interès. Un noucentisme ja molt evolucionat es debat entre una intensa iconografia pròpia, la relectura de certs elements del barroc popular i una radicalitat compositiva emparentada amb la transició de l’art déco al racionalisme. Presenta eixos de balcons laterals a la manera convencional, amb baranes evanescents i disposats a banda i banda d’una seqüència d’emmarcaments rectangulars que emergeix amb un òcul per sobre de les cornises laterals. El caràcter críptic i la pura geometria del joc central, juntament amb la qualitat dels relleus neobarrocs, l’agrupació de buits i relleus sota cornisa i la planitud general, generen un resultat inquietant. En l’obra de Masó trobem, en forma d’intervenció directa o de llegat d’esbossos i maquetes, el rastre de l’escultor Fidel Aguilar.

Author: Josep Maria Birulés i Bertran

Source: Guia d'arquitectura de Girona, àrea urbana : Girona, Salt, Sarrià de Ter, Vilablareix / Josep Maria Birulés ; fotografies de Joan del Pozo.


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