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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 complex takes up the entire block between the streets of Jacas, Marañón, Maragall and Claret. It is an isolated building, with a complex organisation, formed by two bodies arranged perpendicular to another central body.

It includes several outbuildings, including a chapel and a battlemented tower. The roofs are generally two-sided tiles. The construction has openings of various typologies that are framed in brick.

There are several entrances to the building, which is surrounded by a garden. At the back, the shelter of Sant Josep has been the subject of several expansion works.

The Sant Josep and Sant Pere asylum was built in 1901, according to a project by the architect Josep Font i Gumà.

In the Historical Archive of Ribes, there is a document dated 1947, the request to the City Council for works to expand the building, in accordance with the plans signed by the architect Josep Brugal i Fortuny.

Source: Inventari del Patrimoni Arquitectònic de Catalunya (IPAC)

Architectural complex built in the central part of a garden that occupies an entire block in the centre of Ribes, between Doctor Marañón, Josep Pere Jacas, Joan Maragall and Sant Antoni Maria Claret Streets. The main volume consists of a ground floor, two floors and an attic and is made up of three bodies. The central body is higher in height and stands out from the others, with the cover on two sides. This incorporates a molded flat arch portal, above which is a stone tympanum with a figure embracing the pontifical shields and bands inscribed: "REDOS DE ST JOSEP Y ST PERE / ANY 1901", surrounded by floral ornamentation. On the tympanum there are three groups of three openings, up to the stone cross that tops the building. The lateral bodies have a window on the ground floor and a double window with ceramic ornamentation on the upper floor. The under-deck level is open with small ceramic porticoes. On either side of this volume there is another of the same height and covered on three sides, located perpendicular to the main one forming a "T". They have a roof on two sides with the ridge parallel to the façade and, like the rest of the complex, are built according to marked symmetry. The western volume has the openings on the ground floor, and the main floor has flat stone arches with a small cone-shaped incision and ceramic jambs. These are separated from those on the upper level through an imbrication and have a lowered ceramic arch. From the rear, a quadrangular tower surmounted by stepped ceramic battlements protrudes. The sunlit volume has three-hole ceramic mixed profile openings on the façade, and ceramic mixed arches on the rest of the façades. On the north façade there is the complex's chapel, with a rectangular plan, next to which bodies were added later. All the volumes converge in a central courtyard or cloister delimited by lowered ceramic arches, where there is a prominent well with a forge structure. The following phrases are inscribed on the arches: "Without charity you do not know how to love", "If you cannot give you must want to give", "Who is in charity is in the grace of God" and "You can have as much charity as you want". Inside the building, some of the original ceilings, painted with floral ornamentation, and the mosaic floor are preserved. The facing of the walls is of common masonry seen, with the cornices and ceramic frames and the corner angles and stone plinths imitating limestone. The property is enclosed by a rampart that opens with a portal to the west and another to the south. On the sunny façade, the asylum has been extended with a modern construction.

The Sant Josep i Sant Pere asylum was built between 1901 and 1905 by the architect Josep Font i Gumà, thanks to a donation made by the "American" brothers Josep and Pere Jacas. In 1947, the building was extended, according to a project by the architect Josep Brugal i Fortuny. According to a plaque inscribed on one of the building's façades, dated 1948, the Cristòfor Mestre and Puig Miret families made a donation to the asylum, we must assume to pay for the expansion works. From its beginnings, the asylum - hospital was managed by the Darderes Sisters, until 2005, when the Fundació Redós de Sant Josep i Sant Pere was in charge of it.

Source: Mapes de Patrimoni Cultural. Diputació de Barcelona (diba)


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