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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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The Sant Quintí I building is part of a wider project that includes a set of homes and apartments that occupies one side and two chamfers of an Eixample block, the buildings of which are independent by their type of development, although they maintain the façade unit and access to the parking floor.
It consists of 87 furnished apartments for rent, offices, commercial premises, communal laundry, bar-restaurant connected to the lobby and parking.
It is an outwardly compact, hermetic building, where the façade is shown as an envelope that covers everything and even tries to encompass the attic floors, perforated by openings, where the functions of the interior are not distinguished and that, determined by the corner geometry of the extension, adopts different alterations in the overhangs to accentuate the unity of the façade and give direction to it.
The two attic floors, set back from the façade are understood as part of it, belonging to the same surrounding, and it uses, in addition to the variation between the type plants, a metal structure added to the terraces of attics as an element that blurs the variations with the rest and gives longitudinal direction.
The scheme follows the typology of Barcelona's Eixample, with the inner courtyard as the backbone of the homes. It is very bright, with white tiled walls and crossed by the access roads to the apartments, opening to the outside and to the sun through a circular glass staircase of 4 m in diameter in the central area and connected on the SW-facing island patio.
The central courtyard, to which most of the bedrooms ventilate, organises the distribution in plan, and also in height as it reaches the ground floor and occasionally to the basement floor and constitutes the large hall space.

Author: Joan Arias i Roig


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