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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

Design & Development:

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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Result of the refurbishment of an old building, which faces two streets and has a party wall. It consists of a ground floor and two landings. The main façade of symmetrical composition; the balcony is run along the two façades. The windows on the second floor have a very original awning, in the shape of a circle. On the ground floor there are the typical modernist windows with plant and animal motifs. A female figure stands out holding the tribune. The façade is decorated with floral geometric sgraffitos following a modernist language.

J. M. Barnardas oversaw the decoration.

The building is located on the street-road that crosses the town: it comes from the first extension of the late 19th century, and is the current main axis of the urban centre where we find represented the architectural movements of the last hundred years (Casa Margarit, Casa Torrebadella, Museum…).

Source: Inventari del Patrimoni Arquitectònic de Catalunya (IPAC)

Old, renovated building that is located between partitions. It has a ground floor and two first floors, facing Prim and Torras i Bages Streets. The main façade is of symmetrical composition, with a tribune on the first floor supported by a female figure made of stone on the ground floor. On this floor there are other elements made in stone and floral geometric sgraffitos in modernist language, according to original models by J.M. Barnadas. It constitutes an important architectural and visual landmark of the street and of the town (CUSPINERA et alií, 2001).

It is located on the street-road that crosses the town centre and that drove the growth of the first extension of Granollers, at the end of the 19th century, where the architectural movements of the last hundred years are represented. This axis is lately undergoing a strong transformation process with the proliferation of replacement constructions. In 1866, the former Isabel II Street was dedicated to Joan Prim, who on August 19, 1842, visited Granollers, where he was solemnly received with the band of the barracks battalion, in gratitude for managing the layout of the road (BAULIES, 1986b). The forging work was done in Can Guidons, Granollers (GARCIA PEY, 1990). This was a house where wine was sold and therefore the decoration motifs are related to this agricultural industry. Inside the house there is an immense underground cellar called "el Cau" (Oral information from Pere Cornelles). It seems that the den is made of Valencia tiles and was a meeting place. After the civil war it was bought by Mr. Murtra, a manufacturer. These people gave money to the poor and fed them at Christmas. Garrell made a humorous drawing where they were seen giving the food (Oral information from Eustaqui Margall).

Protected in the 1985 PEPHA and proposed protection in the new PEPHA File. No. R-052

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


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