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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 located in the Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample district. It occupies a very long plot of land, and at the back it opens onto the interior of the block. It consists of a ground floor and five landings with a flat roof. On the main façade, all the openings follow three longitudinal axes. On the ground floor, the access door is not in the central space but is moved to one side, and the other two doors correspond to commercial premises. On the upper floors, the façade protrudes forming a large tribune in the space occupied by two of these axes, the ones corresponding to the commercial premises, so this tribune is not located in the centre but is shifted to one side. In this space, two windows that continue along the sides of the tribune open. In the third axis, which corresponds to the access portal, rectangular windows open except on the first floor, where there is a small balcony that starts from the tribune, ends with a rounded shape and has tubular railings. The façade is finished by a cornice that creates small eaves above the tubular railing that closes the upper terrace.

The facing of the ground floor is covered with stone while the rest of the façade is plastered and painted white. It highlights the woodwork and green shutters that contrast with the white of the walls.

The rear façade has similar characteristics but here the tribune only takes up the central axis and there are windows on both sides.

This building was part of the law passed in 1935 to encourage the construction of quality rental housing at affordable prices for the middle classes. This law, known as the Salmón Law, was created by Federico Salmón when he was Minister of Labour during the Second Republic with the aim of fighting unemployment by offering tax exemptions to the promoters of the works.

The architect, Sixte Illescas, designed two homes per landing but the owners, Jaume Forn Ràfols and his mother, demanded three homes per landing. This caused Illescas to resign and the works passed to the architect Pere Jordi Bassegoda i Musté, who agreed to this extension.

Source: Inventari del Patrimoni Arquitectònic de Catalunya (IPAC)


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