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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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  1. Casa Padellàs

    autoria desconeguda

  2. Casa Padellàs

    autoria desconeguda

  3. Interventions in the Museum of the History of the City

    Josep Llinàs Carmona

    Interventions in the Museum of the History of the City

    Tinell Hall The need to introduce air conditioning and security installations in the "Tinell Hall” to adapt it to exhibition uses, together with the impossibility of working on the walls and ceilings of the hall for conservation reasons, lead to (taking advantage of the unevenness of the ground and the fact that this stone floor is recent) introduce a horizontal platform that accommodates between its surface and the existing ground the ducts and the facilities necessary to guarantee its use as a space for exhibitions. Frederic Marès Museum The renovation and conditioning works on the ground floor of the Frederic Marès Museum had as their basic objectives the facilitation of direct access from Dels Comptes Street (up to this point public access was only possible from the Verger courtyard, a half-private space), create reception spaces and temporary exhibitions, generate visuals from the street towards the interior of the museum, and update accessibility and facilities to comply with the corresponding regulations. Padellàs House During the consolidation operations of the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, the Plaça del Rei finished its building process with a Gothic building moved from its original location in Mercaders Street to its current location. The works were carried out in the years 1931-1932 and during the transfer the façades and the courtyard were basically preserved but the interior distribution was carried out in accordance with the functional needs of the moment, even the transfer of façades and patio so the stone walls, originally structural were transposed with others (that would form the real structure) of brick factory. Therefore, we could think of actions to reform the building to adapt it to the new exhibition uses and the current regulations against fires and accessibility, of a certain force. But, on the one hand, the wall structure of the building itself, which is difficult to manipulate, and especially the central position of Padellàs House in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, discouraged any modification, no matter how small, of the image of the house. So, even the initial plan to close the windows and balconies with shutters (which would have returned the house to its civil origin) was rejected during the work to avoid any modification of its current external image. Due to these limitations, the interior of the building has been worked on, initially consisting of watertight structures grouped on the ground floor and two floors, flashing structural walls and establishing double spaces with the intention that the whole building can be understood, in its journey, as an exhibition unit.
  4. Premi Ciutat de Barcelona

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture and Urbanism

    Premi Ciutat de Barcelona

    Interventions in the Museum of the History of the City

    Josep Llinàs Carmona

  5. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Intervencions Efímeres
  6. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner (opinion). Category: Intervencions Efímeres