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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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


About us

Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura


2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 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:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero


Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:



Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

In Pictures

  • Baró de Viver Residential Street Block

  • Baró de Viver Residential Street Block

  • Baró de Viver Residential Street Block

  • Baró de Viver Residential Street Block


L’edifici existent és una part d’un projecte més extens, destinat a substituir el barri de “cases barates” construïdes a l’indret arran de l’Exposició Universal del 1929. La renovació del barri passava per la construcció d’una gran sala culminada per dos cossos còncaus, més un tercer espai transversal situat al punt intermedi. Es tractava de respondre a l’aïllament urbà del barri per mitjà d’una gran illa de cases que generés el seu propi espai públic, autogen i indiferent a la diversitat morfològica de la resta de la ciutat. Els habitatges formen un tipus de tres unitats per replà, per tal d’evitar els patis interiors i permetre que tots els habitatges donin a la sala central. La secció transversal salva el desnivell entre el passeig de Santa Coloma i el carrer inferior per mitjà d’una plataforma intermèdia de la qual arrenquen les escales i els ascensors, i per sota de la qual queden els espais destinats a l’aparcament i els comerços.

Author: Maurici Pla

Source: Catalunya : guia d'arquitectura moderna, 1880-2007


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