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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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


About us

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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  • Housing Complex on the Milans del Bosch Estate

  • Housing Complex on the Milans del Bosch Estate

  • Housing Complex on the Milans del Bosch Estate

  • Housing Complex on the Milans del Bosch Estate

  • Housing Complex on the Milans del Bosch Estate

  • Housing Complex on the Milans del Bosch Estate

  • Housing Complex on the Milans del Bosch Estate

  • Housing Complex on the Milans del Bosch Estate

  • Housing Complex on the Milans del Bosch Estate

  • Housing Complex on the Milans del Bosch Estate


Conjunto de cinco bloques aislados de viviendas sociales que ocupa toda una manzana del polígono Milans del Bosch. Cuatro de los cinco bloques tienen cinco plantas de altura y, el quinto, diez. La estructura de todos ellos es de muros de carga perpendiculares a las fachadas. Las viviendas son todas iguales. Una de las principales preocupaciones de los arquitectos se encontraba en la distribución de los bloques en la manzana, que se fue modificando hasta el último momento. Al final se decidió situarlos de tal modo que formaran una gran plaza de 85 x 40 metros. Ajardinaron esta plaza con muchos árboles y la urbanizaron con elementos de carácter regionalista. No hay servicios ni locales comerciales, porque el plan director los agrupa en un centro comercial que abastece a todo el polígono. Los bloques de cinco plantas tienen varios núcleos de escalera, con dos viviendas por rellano, las fachadas son de ladrillo visto, la cubierta de teja árabe, y los zunchos y jambas de hormigón armado visto. El bloque de diez plantas tiene un único núcleo de escalera con ascensores que da a unos corredores exteriores que están situados a 50 cm por debajo del nivel de las viviendas para preservar la intimidad de los inquilinos. Estos corredores están situados en la fachada norte y están protegidos visualmente por una celosía de hormigón. Las otras fachadas de este bloque están revestidas de cerámica blanca, dejando los zunchos y las cajas de persiana vistos.

Author: Xavier Llobet i Ribeiro

Source: DOCOMOMO Ibérico


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