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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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edittio Nubilum

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The building is located on a plot of land between party walls, with the main façade facing Còrsega Street. It integrates a large building within the urban fabric of the Eixample. To achieve this, we have proposed three different types of façades that respond to different conditions of its immediate environment: the façade on Còrsega Street, the façade in the interior of the block and the façades of the hotel's courtyards.

The façade is split into two floor plans, one of glass and the other one of ceramic.

On the main façade, the openings are carried out with respect to the façade plan by means of brass boxes, creating a game of light and shadow that reduces the screen effect of the building, achieving a better proportion on a city scale. Following the same principle, the two large galleries recall the "skyline" of the old Bayer factory.

At night, these boxes are illuminated, achieving the effect that the boxes float on a black canvas. These mechanisms help to divide the longitudinal view of the façade, which occupies almost the entire block.

On the ground floor, the double-height metal portico structure helps to build a foundation that seeks the view of the interior garden and gives presence to the building. The façade here is proposed in reverse, this time with the glass set back, reaching a depth of up to 1 m from the base to its crowning.

It is a façade that recognises its visual foreshortening and emerges from this condition with the maximum possible advantage, building a façade with thickness, with shadows, which from its complexity in this case allows simplification to integrate into the environment.

The rear façade, with joinery also located on the interior floor plan, generates a game of voids and groups the first two floors into a single opening, to obtain greater verticality.

The inner courtyards of the hotel take on a special relevance and not only provide ventilation to some simpler rooms, but open to the interior distribution corridors. To solve the possibility of visual interference between corridors and rooms, a skin of vertical metal tubes in the shape of a diamond has been constructed which, like large curtains, solves this problem.

At night, lines of hidden LEDs backlit the tubes, offering an image of the suspension of the light metal element in front of its enclosure or patio façades.

One of the main challenges has been the industrialisation of the entire construction solution.

It is a very light ventilated façade built from large modules of almost 5x3 metres that were finished at the workshop. This solution has had many advantages, including absolute control over its finish and faster assembly.

The fact of minimising the number of different materials (black ceramic panel, glass and structure lined with brass) has allowed to simplify not only its formal solution, but also its construction.

Author: Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB)


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