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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 building houses the museum space of a recently formed city, on a plot between partitions located on the main street, which is the one that gives access and exit to the city. The location of the various rooms (for permanent exhibitions, temporary exhibitions, catering, conferences) leads to the insertion of a square mesh of concrete pillars into the plot, divided into three parts on each side, so that there is a small gap in the façade band and a larger space in the interior. This structure frees the partition walls and the façade from their load-bearing functions, and allows a specialised programme to be placed on each of the six floors. The stairs and elevators are outside this square grid, in a remaining part of the site. The altimetry of the slabs is separated from the street by means of access on a mezzanine floor, which allows the conference room to be located in the semi-basement.

Author: Maurici Pla

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

The Granollers Museum was born as an initiative of civil society in 1932. It would occupy several locations until, in 1979, it moved to the new building designed by Bosch, Botey and Cuspinera. The building constitutes one of the few examples of new museum facilities in the 1970s in Catalonia, and is also unique for its unusual brutalist style that refers to German or English examples of the time.

The location is decisive in the conception of the building: a privileged L-shaped plot with a double façade: open to one of the main commercial arteries of the city and a perpendicular street made up of small single-family homes between party walls. This determines the double character of the building in relation to the public space and the layout of the programme on the ground floor: a volume with administrative offices, auxiliary accesses and service elements in relation to the side street and a representative façade towards the main street. The public façade allows passers-by, through a large glass panel on the ground floor, a view of the exhibition spaces and the rich spatial complexity of the interior, characterised by the delicate use of overhead light through sawtooth skylights. The rest of the façade, composed of large prefabricated concrete blocks with an irregular arrangement, accentuates the public character of the building, avoiding the traditional composition of openings of the residential properties that surround it.

Inside, the spaces are visually and functionally interconnected vertically through the voids, stairs and ramps that run through them. The use of concrete stands out as a practically unique material, with surprising details such as the use of reticular slabs executed with recoverable coffers, a construction typology associated with parking lots or buildings for industrial use.

Author: Roger Subirà

Source: DOCOMOMO Ibérico


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