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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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


About us

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:

Nubilum Edittio

In Pictures

  • Forum Building

  • Forum Building

  • Forum Building

  • Forum Building


Es tracta de l’edifici principal on es va desenvolupar el Fòrum de les Cultures celebrat l’any 2004. Forma part d’una operació de recuperació de terrenys industrials obsolets per crear una zona de nova centralitat destinada a activitats culturals i de lleure. L’edifici adopta una configuració baixa i plana, de tres nivells, per no apartar-se de la cota de la plaça del Fòrum, la gran esplanada prevista per acollir esdeveniments a l’aire lliure. El nivell de l’accés és una prolongació de la plaça sobre la qual se sosté el gran prisma triangular, perforat per nombrosos patis de llum i que actua com a protecció per als participants. Al primer nivell hi ha un auditori amb capacitat per a 3.200 persones, seu central dels debats. El nivell superior és format per una megaestructura triangulada d’acer suportada sobre pilars de formigó, i conté l’àrea de les exposicions. L’edifici adopta una planta de forma triangular com a residu del solar que queda entre la Diagonal, la Rambla de Prim i el cinturó litoral.

Author: Maurici Pla

Source: Catalunya : guia d'arquitectura moderna, 1880-2007


On the Map