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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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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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The house is a good reflection of the sensibility of a generation of architects for whom modernism was already devoid of its political and social connotations and offered unexplored possibilities in the arrangement of the façades and the use of the ornamental repertoire. The house establishes a unique façade plan, with a plinth differentiated by means of colouring, and a crowning that allows the maximum expressive resources to be applied. The ornamental repertoire reflects the influence of Mackintosh, with cylindrical pinnacles with abstract ornaments, the ridge of the roof, or the tribunes of the last floor, made of boxes. The façade is divided into two asymmetrical locks, emphasised by the openings and the balconies, marked by the balustrades. The façade thus acquires a graphic and drawn character, favoured by the fact that it is a house between partitions and of low height.

Author: Maurici Pla

Source: Catalunya : guia d'arquitectura moderna, 1880-2007

House with ground floor, floor and attic, made of two irregularly distributed bodies in a prefigured general scheme: the crowns are symmetrical and identical, with secessionist ornaments and interesting windows with stained glass; while at floor level each body has a different scheme (single opening and very protruding balcony on the left; two openings and a flatter balcony on the right). In both cases, however, there are characteristic undulations under the balcony. There is an inner pavilion with a curved roof.

Although the house establishes a unique façade plan, the plinth is differentiated from the rest of the spaces through the colouring. The ornamental repertoire makes one think of Mackintosh, especially for the cylindrical pinnacles with abstract ornaments, the ridge of the roof that forms two soft spikes, or the tribunes, made of boxes, on the top floor.

The house is a good example of how the generation of architects to which Joan Amigó i Barriga belongs no longer saw in modernism political and social connotations, but rather a great deal of ornamental decorations and a wide range of unexplored possibilities.

Source: Inventari del Patrimoni Arquitectònic de Catalunya (IPAC)


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