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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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The Antònia Vilàs gardens are located in the Barceloneta neighbourhood, on a plot bordered by Balboa and Ginebra Streets and two residential buildings. Barcelona City Council plans to create a new public space through a citizen participation process. As a result, a needs program and the first drafts of the project are generated. The participation sessions serve to define the new character of this space. This must be a garden where there are spaces to play, spaces to be, a fountain and an enclosure where several cooperatives in the neighbourhood can plant a vegetable garden.

To the sum of requirements from the residents, the conditions of the technical services of the City Council are added, such as the accessibility of people and maintenance vehicles and others; the relationship with the neighbouring buildings, both from the point of view of the views of the garden towards the building and of the houses towards the garden; and other environmental factors specific to the site such as sunshine and topography.

With all these premises, the project is conceived as a succession of smaller-scale spaces where a whole series of elements capable of being game elements and expressly designed are strategically placed within this elongated lot. This succession of spaces forms a zigzag concrete pavement route that crosses the entire garden and goes from street to street, making the entire garden accessible. The different episodes aim to recreate possible sequences and experiences that can be had in a garden. Scenes are constructed in a variety of ways, either from vegetation; of carpets on the soft floor in gravel, sand or earth; of the various metallic elements; of rubber topographies that emerge from the ground; of real rocks that go from being stranded on the sand to climbing up a scratched concrete wall; or of a future vegetable roof supported by two cross porticoes. The playful design of space allows us to create a new conception of public space where the various elements that make it up do not necessarily have a single defined function and where the various elements can be used differently by different users. In this sense, it aims to be an allegation of public space as a place where children and adults can meet and live experiences freely.

Vegetation is one of the most important materials present in the site in order to enhance the character of the garden, always under the premise that the use of vegetation does not invalidate the use of space. This is why the carpets of vegetation are strategically placed in order to create the different atmospheres of the scenes. In the case of the longitudinal limits of the space, a vegetable hedge formed by eugenias, pomegranate trees, choisyas and Japanese quince separates us from the residential buildings. The mostly deciduous aerial vegetation such as the trees (tamari and sophoras), the palm tree and the vegetable pergola formed by wisteria and bignonia, will filter the sunlight and generate in the coming years, apart from privacy regarding views from above, a good atmosphere in the garden.

The chromaticism of the garden varies throughout the year, enhancing the idea of different episodes thanks to the vegetation. Species with deciduous leaves or with coloring in their leaves such as forsythia, wisteria or nandina are an example. The chromaticism given by the vegetation is added to those of the elements and pavements of the garden where the colours are present.

Author: Beatriz Borque Badenas, Miquel Mariné Núñez


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