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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2022 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:

2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:



Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

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Nubilum Edittio

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Edifici de planta semi rectangular amb un extrem aixamfranat, situada a tocar de la carreta BV-2002, just davant de l'entrada del recinte fabril de la Colònia. És un edifici que segueix l'estètica de molts dels edificis de la Colònia, és a dir, planta baixa i primer pis amb coberta a doble vessant amb teula àrab. Està fet amb maó arrebossat, ressaltant amb maó vist les cantonades, cornisa i obertures. A la planta baixa hi trobem la porta d'entrada, definida per un arc apuntat, a banda i banda de la qual hi ha dues finestres bessones rematades amb arc apuntat. En la cantonada aixamfranada hi ha una finestra de majors dimensions, coronada amb arc apuntat i guardapols de la mateixa forma. Ja al primer pis, la distribució d'obertures es repeteix. Per sobre la porta d'accés hi ha tres grans finestres bessones, de dimensions més grans que la resta de l'edifici. A banda i banda hi ha dues finestres bessones. En la cantonada aixamfranada hi ha una finestra cega, i a l'extrem oest de l'edifici hi ha una finestra independent. La Colònia Güell fou una colònia industrial dedicada a la fabricació de panes i velluts. La seva construcció s'inicià el 1890, i el projecte disposava de casa del metge, farmàcia, fonda, escola, comerços, teatre, cooperativa i capella, a més de les fàbriques i els habitatges dels obrers, en una superfície total d'unes 160 hectàrees. Era, per tant, un conjunt independent on els obrers treballaven i tenien cobertes totes les necessitats bàsiques. Primitivament hi hagué la fonda de “Cal Ninyo” al carrer Barrau, 13. Després es va construir aquesta en la que, a banda de servir menjars i begudes, hi havia servei d'habitacions, usades freqüentment per muntadors i altres passavolants que tenien alguna relació amb la fàbrica.

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

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