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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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 was built on a plot of land on Guipúzcoa Street which, at that time, was the entrance to Barcelona from the Maresme and had a great future as a commercial avenue. The functional approach was based on the decision to show the manufacturing process to passers-by as a great showcase, with the aim of manifesting the powerful image of the industry and presenting it as one of the symbols of the new society. The building is L-shaped with an office wing on the side and a manufacturing wing facing the street, where the process is carried out by gravity in three phases. The sugar and raw material warehouse is located on the upper floor, which descends to the intermediate floor where carbonated drinks are mixed and manufactured. On the ground floor, they are bottled and closed. Through the large windows on the ground floor, the process of bottling carbonated drinks could be seen from the street, although today this is no longer the case since bottling has been moved to the basement. On the first floor, technicians can still observe the manufacturing process through the large glass partitions that subdivide the interior space. The building is planned based on constructive rationality criteria, with an important work in the elaboration of the details.

Author: Xavier Llobet i Ribeiro

Source: DOCOMOMO Ibérico

The building was built between 1961 and 1963 by the architects Josep Soteras Mauri and Fabregat Masana on the site of 163-185 Guipúscoa Street, at that time entering Barcelona from the Maresme and with great potential as a commercial avenue. It was inaugurated in 1965 to replace the Poblenou factory, on Almogàvers Street, and became the first large bottling plant of the North American company Coca-Cola in Spain.
The building was L-shaped, with an office wing and a manufacturing wing. Next door, you could find the warehouse. In the beginning, the whole packaging process of the bottles could be seen from the glass façade of Guipúzcoa Street, and it was characteristic to see people standing in the street in front of the huge 80-metre-long shop window. Architecture became the propaganda effect and image of the brand.
The factory was moved to Vallès Oriental in 2006 and the building was demolished in 2008, leaving a large plot of land for housing and commercial premises. Currently, however, it is temporarily used as an outdoor car park.

Author: Arxiu Històric del COAC


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