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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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A plot with a steep slope allows, and sometimes makes inexcusable, an autonomy of implementation that easily becomes greater formal freedom, in the absence of a canon. It tends to rest on the importance that the section (or sections) can take on the project.
The floor plan has traditionally been elevated, by means of a foundation or the creation of a plan supported by deep foundations, with which the impact of the foundations on the overall costs can be reduced.

In this case, the profile is very steep, and the access road descends sharply at both ends of the plot. On the other hand, the project had to reduce costs and adjust to a completely handmade realisation. We therefore thought of an elementary prism approach, with economical lights, which had to be placed in a parallel arrangement and not against the slope, in order to take advantage of its magnificent visual dominance over the landscape. It consists of three floors, with the living areas on the top, bedrooms in the middle and a basement for the services.

The arrangement of the prism at the required distance from the road suggested splitting the entrances and reserving pedestrian access to the upper floor via a small bridge - reminiscent of the Mar Menor-. The car could be parked on the floor immediately below.

Otherwise, faced with the difficulty of leveling the terrain, a generous terrace is provided on the upper floor to allow life in the open air, and it is connected to the entrance on foot through the small access bridge, so that it acts as an open-air entrance hall. This creates a surprising effect, since when crossing the wall, one expects to find himself in an interior that grows once he has discovered, framed by a wide panoramic window, the landscape that he could glimpse as he approached.

Author: Jaume Bach i Núñez