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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

Àrea de Cultura


2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2022 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:

2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:



Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

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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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The Fossar de la Pedrera is a strong depression of the Montjuïc Mountain that results from the exploitation of an old stone extraction. The depression was used as a mass grave, and the bodies of those who died in circumstances of imprisonment and persecution were buried there. It is, therefore, where the bodies of many immolated rest for defending Catalunya’s freedom. Access to the site is done through the end of one of the old paths in the cemetery. From there, the walker passes through an intermediate area that acts as a filter between the outer space and the most intimate space, and in a way sacralised enclosure of the ditch, between a series of existing cypresses and stone pillars where the names of those who have been buried in the shootings since 1939 have been engraved. From this filter the whole space of the burial is extended, which is framed by the great escarpments of the old quarry, and which give a dramatic tone to the landscape. The East side of the Fossar is the monumental part that constitutes an architectural background and a point of view on the continuous and homogeneous plan of the collective burials. A stone wall supports the two sloping planes that form the monumental axis. This is confirmed by an access staircase that leads us, finally, to the tomb of President Lluís Companys. The mausoleum is surrounded by water, except at the access point. It is a very simple structure that must give solemnity to the site, but at the same time it must avoid excessively presidential monumentalism within the fundamental community structure of the whole. It is an element made of two concrete arches that are lightened with arched plates of paved iron. This determines a covered space, inside which and under a marble slab, the tomb is located. However, the modesty of the construction would be underlined by the quality of the environment: the stone wall and the reflections of the lake’s surface.

Author: Elisabeth Galí i Camprubí


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