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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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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The tugboat building, a master builder's construction, dates from the beginning of the 20th century and for years has endured low-quality renovations.

That is why the proposed refurbishment, added to the fact that it is located at the end of a front of buildings with the same port colonial character, proposes a reconstruction operation of its central part (the most damaged structure), arrangement of the lateral towers and only raises a new cover, where the maximum height is maintained and collects a large skylight in its upper crowning as well as large windows on both sides of the promenade and the port.

The two-storey building houses a shop, a showroom and bathrooms on the ground floor, while on the upper floor there is the office, warehouse, meeting room and a large multi-purpose room for to the different institutional acts.

The refurbishment of the building is understood from the point of view of the set of buildings that follow on this same front, all of them subject to a subsequent one that will be carried out in the port of Barcelona.

The solution of the roof of the central body, without varying the height or the configuration of the roof with two gables, responds to an idea of a rib through which natural light penetrates and is reflected during the day while at night it is projected as a big lighthouse.

Constructively, a system of panels for the façade, beams, slabs and pilasters, all prefabricated, make up the central body reconstructed faithfully to the pre-existing structure. Above this a structure in the form of ribs guided by steel plates rises, and between which the glass surface folds allowing the entry of vertical and zenithal light. The rigorously reformed lateral towers adapt with their voids and interior spaces to the new program.

Finally, the broken white melts throughout the building so that only the game of reflections, lights and shadows of the new intervention takes the spotlight.

Author: Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB)


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