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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

Àrea de Cultura


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

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

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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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Seguint l’ordenació urbanística existent, es tractava de construir un edifici de planta baixa i dos pisos, en un solar molt proper a les restes de la muralla del segle XVI de la vila de Mataró. El projecte s’ha configurat a partir de resposta a les complexitats del solar caracteritzat per la presència de la muralla, una topografia violenta i la posició de l’edifici com a tancament lateral de la plaça de Can Xammar. La nostra proposta volumètrica es va plantejar fonamentalment sobre dues premises. La primera era la de fer possible la màxima visió de les restes de muralla des de la plaça de Can Xammar. Amb aquest objectiu, es procura no edificar en planta baixa tota la superfície del solar, i alhora es proposen dos grans volades -en la part de mar i muntanya- que faciliten les vistes sobre la muralla. La segona premisa era la de seguir l’estructura parcel·laria del casc antic de Mataró convertint el solar donat de planta irregular en una parcel·la rectangular. La petita dimensió de la parcel·la convertida en una peça aïllada dins de l’estructura urbana, la necessitat de que el volum proposat estructurés la plaça de Can Xammar, el disseny d’una estructura portant capaç de soportar les dues grans volades i la voluntat de que l’edifici agafés una imatge abstracta per separar-se conceptualment de la imatge figurativa de la muralla, van portar a la definició formal i constructiva del nou edifici.

Author: Brullet - De Luna Arquitectes


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