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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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Casal del Metge is located in the Ciutat Vella district, facing Via Laietana and Tapineria Street. It is a building between party walls with a rectangular plan consisting of an office building, with a ground floor and five landings, plus a semi-basement. Although the main façade is the one that faces Via Laietana, access currently takes place from 8-10 Tapineria Street.

The two façades, with classical elements, are made with a Florentine rigor transferred to the new urban scales. The symmetry in the horizontal and vertical axes is one of the most relevant elements of the buildings, with the openings reproduced at a regular rate. The one facing Via Laietana has a central section slightly advanced in the vertical axis which reinforces the symmetry of the whole. At ground floor level, it has nine openings. The access portal and the two windows located on either side are resolved with a semicircular arch. This lower part of the façade is made with buttressed ashlars that draw geometric motifs with their joints that stand out compared to the rest of the façade, finished with polished stone. Below these windows, the polished stone plinth, there are other small ones, with flat sills, which illuminate a semi-subterranean floor.

Above a small ledge that separates it from the upper floor are the five balconies on the first floor, of which only the central one is overhanging. Above all openings there is a triangular pediment, in the form of a dust guard, supported by corbels and joined together by a small cornice. The pediment of the central opening is broken by a shield of Aesculapius flanked by single curule jugs with stone fleurons and, below, a medallion with the date "1932". Of the upper floors, the third one stands out, with a running balcony that joins the three central openings, where only the one on the axis has a pediment above it and the upper one, where Doric columns have been arranged between the openings semicircular section. Above these columns we find the crowning, formed by alternating triglyphs and metopes decorated with a central ornate disc above which opens a cornice supported by simple corbels and all finished with a central pediment.

The façade of Tapineria Street reproduces the classicizing and symmetrical formulas, with slight changes in the layout, order and finish of the openings.

Leaving aside the façades, a series of representative outbuildings also stand out, among which the central courtyard and the assembly hall are of special interest, where Florensa refers, through the architectural and decorative elements, to various details of the old Casa de la Convalescència, which at one time housed the Faculty of Medicine.

The Casal del Metge, the Cambó House and the headquarters of the Foment del Treball are, according to Oriol Bohigas, the buildings in Barcelona where the classic language manifests itself with greater correctness and urbanistic efficiency.

Source: Inventari del Patrimoni Arquitectònic de Catalunya (IPAC)


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  • Alçat de la façana del Casal del Metge.


    Alçat de la façana del Casal del Metge.

    © Fons Adolf Florensa i Ferrer / Arxiu Històric del COAC

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