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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

Design & Development:

edittio Nubilum

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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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  1. Fabra i Coats

    autoria desconeguda

  2. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Intervencions Efímeres

    FAD Award

    Species Evolution for Roca en Casa Decor Barcelona 2007

    Martín Azúa, Nacho Martí

  3. La Filadora Municipal Pre-School

    Noemí Bañeres i Porta, Javier Cristóbal Diloy, Cristina Navas Pacheco, Zaida Pérez Rodríguez

    La Filadora Municipal Pre-School

    Rehabilitation of two buildings on the site of the old Fabra i Coats spinning mill for the location of a nursery school in the Sant Andreu district, respecting the façade of the site listed by Patrimoni and preserving the roof structure, typical of the typology of the original factory. The administrative part is located on the façade of the site where the original openings are recovered. The teaching part is straddling the two naves in green boxes that sew the two structures together without reaching the ceiling. The boxes break the inner corridor and between them there is always a direct view of the courtyard. The large multi-purpose room, a key piece in traffic and a playground on rainy days, shows the original structure with cast iron pillars and a wooden truss roof. In the courtyard, the skeleton of the metal structure covered with perforated sheets is preserved, creating a large pergola. The different pavements create separate playing areas, bathed in the filtered light.
  4. Fabra i Coats Creation Factory / Contemporary Art Centre

    Francesc Bacardit i Segués, Manuel Ruisánchez i Capelastegui

    Fabra i Coats Creation Factory / Contemporary Art Centre

    La intervenció en la nau de producció de Fabra & Coats ha estat summament respectuosa. Es tracta, més que d’una transformació, d’una reocupació de l’espai fabril. Malgrat la complexitat del programa previst –fàbrica de creació artística, centre d’art contemporani, escola d’arts i centre d’interpretació del patrimoni industrial– s’han mantingut els elements constructius i estructurals, així com part de les instal·lacions originals. L’estratègia seguida ha operat amb criteris industrials, treballant a favor de l’espai de la fàbrica. S’han incorporat peces tecnològiques que acullen els usos més específics (un ‘jack’ de connexió de serveis, capses de música, etc.) i una divisió flexible de les naus amb un sistema de cables tensats i de lones que permeten variar l’espai en funció de les necessitats. Sobre les façanes de la nau només s’ha intervingut per a retirar els cossos afegits i restaurar-les, mantenint l’obra de fàbrica i les fusteries originals, recuperant la seva imatge original.
  5. Premi Ciutat de Barcelona

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture and Urbanism

    Premi Ciutat de Barcelona

    Fabra i Coats Creation Factory / Contemporary Art Centre

    Francesc Bacardit i Segués, Manuel Ruisánchez i Capelastegui

  6. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Fabra i Coats Creation Factory / Contemporary Art Centre

    Francesc Bacardit i Segués, Manuel Ruisánchez i Capelastegui

  7. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner (opinion). Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Fabra i Coats Creation Factory / Contemporary Art Centre

    Francesc Bacardit i Segués, Manuel Ruisánchez i Capelastegui

  8. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Shortlisted. Category: Edificis d’Ús No Residencial de Promoció Pública
  9. Premis Bonaplata

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Béns Immobles


  • Habitatges Fabra i Coats - Mercè Berengué


    Habitatges Fabra i Coats - Mercè Berengué