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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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


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Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura


2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 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:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero


Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:



Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

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In the patrimonial building of Can Regàs its façade is respected integrally, as well as the structural system of three centrelines with bearing walls. The extension makes reference to the lineal growth of the plots, perpendiculars to the road and the river, and distance themselves clearly of the height of the façades. At the same time, the aim to create an intermittent façade, capable of organizing the back spaces of the new square. Inside the original building the design works with the proportionate scheme of the existing structure. The central section, on the ground floor, acts as a hall and multiuse room of the building. From here, it is connected with the vertical core, placed on the southern area, and the auditory and library, located inside the extension buildings. Thus, a reduction in circulation spaces is achieved, while the representative aspect of the most characteristic and valuable space of the building is emphasized.

Author: Ravetllat-Ribas Arquitectes

Arran de l’església, l’edifici industrial, de façana ben plana, qualifica el front urbà malgrat la seva heterodòxia. Als eclecticismes de la pedra artificial, Catà hi contraposa l’aire fresc, constructiu i potent dels materials sincers i de les rabassudes estructures de les cooperatives de la Catalunya meridional. L’obra contemporània neteja l’absis veí i reordena l’edifici, seguint-hi l’estructura de parets, en refà els alegres enrajolats, posa en valor l’espai central com a cor del conjunt i organitza els accessos per desplegar, fondària enllà, uns volums sobris i desagregats que contenen sales públiques i una eficient i deliciosa biblioteca i que caracteritzen els nous espais públics i tota l’àrea de ribera. Davant, al núm. 36, la casa Regàs (1916) porta fins al paroxisme i l’ostentació, en tribuna, mènsules i cornisa, allò que en la indústria és serenitat.

Author: Josep Maria Birulés i Bertran

Source: Guia d'arquitectura de Girona, àrea urbana : Girona, Salt, Sarrià de Ter, Vilablareix / Josep Maria Birulés ; fotografies de Joan del Pozo.


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