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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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  1. Cinema Rialto

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  2. Rosselló 257 Office Building

    Robert Terradas i Via

    The building occupies a plot between partitions, with a main façade which faces Rosselló Street and with a rear one that faces the Palau Robert gardens, which are now public. The architect gives both alignments the same compositional value and divides the plan into two symmetrical parts, separated by a cross patio attached to one of the two partitions. The project resolves a program of mixed uses by floors, with the offices of the bank on the ground floor, six floors of offices for rent in the central body and an attic apartment that tops off the building. In addition to a delayed loft that does not affect the overall image of the building. The two façades are the same and have been conceived as an absolutely flat element, leaving two openings on the ground floor and the attic, framed by the two dividing walls and the roof. The one on the ground floor includes the different particularities of access to the building and the bank, which owns the building, while the one on the attic serves as a porch for the house. The stone cladding of different colours and the placement of the metal carpentry in the plane of the façade define a geometric pattern that is indebted to neoplasticism.
  3. 257 Rosselló Housing Building

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Lucía Ferrater Arquer, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    257 Rosselló Housing Building

    The project was about transforming an office building into a new residential one. The building had been designed by the architect Roberto Terradas Via in 1962, and it was considered a Site of Urban Interest with protection level C in the Barcelona Heritage catalog. After consultations with the author's children and with the need to adapt it to current regulations and the criteria of the technical code, the rehabilitation of this modern heritage is done with great respect towards the original proposal. Respecting the compositional criteria of the façade on Rosselló Street and the façade in the Palau Robert gardens, materials such as white limestone, grey granite and coloured ceramics are restored, incorporating locksmithing and new steel joinery. Preserving the original trace, a set of pivoting windows with a vertical axis with a glass sill is created that incorporates adjustable shutters with horizontal slats inside its glass, solving issues of security, tightness, ventilation, insolation and insulation, as well as the cleaning of the glass from the inside thanks to the three opening positions of the window, 10, 30, 90 cm. The closure of the ground floor respects the original recessed solution by adapting it to the new use of the building, emphasising the riveted iron pillar, reconstructing the old canopy and creating a new lobby with a double scope of access. The common spaces, such as the hall, landings and interior patio, are treated with period materials such as paving stones, ceramics, wood and iron respecting the formal ideology of the Roberto Terradas Via project. Inside the flats, the proposed distribution allows a certain flexibility and the view from the main area of the unitary set of the four windows. The penthouses, porches and spaces between terraces, as well as the community technical installations, are arranged following a criteria of respect for the old building and the environment.

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