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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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2019-2024 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2024 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:

2019-2024 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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Manuel Dolcet House is located in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district of Barcelona, and faces 44 Vallvidrera Avenue, although without reaching the street, since the direct access is cut off by the Generalitat’s Railway, and you have to cross a bridge to access the gate of the estate. It is a building designed as a single-family residence by the architect Joan Rubió i Bellver and built between 1906 and 1907.

This construction is built on a mountainside, a situation that causes the plot to be divided into terraces, with the building on the highest part. Access is through a garden with a pergola and stairs that save the difference in level to the building. This is isolated from other buildings and consists of a semi-subterranean ground floor and two upper floors. The plan is rectangular with three straight façades and a fourth one more broken containing the staircase, but the differentiation of the roofs produces a very rich volumetric game. The body that contains the staircase is crowned by a pavilion cover that protrudes from the other volumes; the back of the main body is covered with a roof and the front with a gable roof. On the second floor the façade is set back, forming a closed gallery with a balustrade divided by exposed brick Solomonic columns that support the roof. From this gallery, the circular balcony placed in one of the corners with a wrought iron railing protrudes.

As for the façades, this house is characterised by the use of exposed brick contrasted with smooth white stucco facings. It is a building made up of traditional artisanal elements, where brick abounds as decoration on a white background, with ceramic touches. This decorative system gives a beautiful relief to the lintels of the doors, windows, balustrades, crowning and eaves. The rectangular windows have a wavy lintel with vegetable decorative elements made with mosaic. The beams are covered with classicist elements, such as triglyphs and meanders.

In 1906, Manuel Dolcet commissioned the architect Joan Rubió i Bellvé to build his residence in the old municipality of Sarrià. Between the years 1965 and 1994, the building hosted the offices of the EINA School of Design.

Source: Inventari del Patrimoni Arquitectònic de Catalunya (IPAC)


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