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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

  • Samà Park

  • Samà Park

  • Samà Park

  • Samà Park

  • Samà Park

  • Samà Park

  • Samà Park

  • Samà Park

  • Samà Park

  • Samà Park

  • Samà Park


Situat als afores de Cambrils, camí de Montbrió del Camp va ser projectat per Josep Fontserè i Mestre l’any 1881. Va ser encarregat i promogut per Salvador Samà i Torrents, marquès de Marianao. Es tracta d’un jardí botànic clos, d’unes 14 hectàrees, d’estil romàntic. És una de les últimes i més importants mostres d’aquest estil a Catalunya. El gust i el traç per recrear lo exòtic, són l’eix vertebrador del projecte. El parc comença sent el jardí de la casa, aquesta recreació d’un paisatge exòtic amb aires romàntics porta associada la construcció de diferents recintes per tal d’allotjar animals, portats d’arreu del món, per tal de constituir el zoològic privat del marquès. Actualment, la presència d’animals és quasi anecdòtica; tot i que les construccions de rocalla, simulant coves i grutes naturals, encara es conserven. La morfologia i ordenació del parc es basa en la generació d’uns eixos principals, envoltats de plantacions simètriques i ortogonals (de plataners, palmeres, oliveres i ametllers entre d’altres), que envolten la casa. A mesura que ens n’allunyem aquests eixos, es converteixen en camins, amb formes més orgàniques i sinuoses, adaptant-se a la topografia, i multiplicant les possibilitats de recorregut. Les plantacions regulars es van desfent i integrant en agrupacions, franges i clars tal i com si ens trobéssim en mig del bosc. Construccions com la torre-mirador, la font-sortidor, el llac i la glorieta, o el canal i la cascada, van generant diferents escenografies que recreen els diferents paisatges i ambients del jardí.

Author: Lluís Andreu Sotelo


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