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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 limits covered by this plan are the following: East alignment of Prim Street; South alignment of José Antonio Primo de Rivera Avenue to the square next to Besòs; Western alignment of the second belt of the Ronda, and Northern alignment of Llull Street. The previously indicated perimeter covers land located in the municipal area of Barcelona and a small part in the municipal area of Sant Adrià de Besòs. This last area has an urban layout based on large blocks designed as room units and has been designed to achieve an entrance to Barcelona in accordance with the importance of the city.

This partial plan was born from the need to create a large estate intended for modest housing to be built by the Municipal Housing Board, due to its special characteristics, it had to combine the following points:
a) Economy in urbanisation.
b) Consideration of the difficulty of drainage due to lack of height.
c) Union between the Poblat Dirigit part and the rest of the building that is expected to be of a higher category.

The first two points are opposed. The proposed solution is the middle ground, since the economy of the urbanisation advised to keep the same level of the land with the consequent deficiency in the evacuation of wastewater and the complete lack of drainage for rainwater. This solution, which was not satisfactory, has moved to raise the levels as little as possible to obtain a sufficient slope, so that a unitary sewer system could be built. Therefore, the levels rise by an average of one metre in the entire Poblat Dirigit area.

The game of volumes with an alternative juxtaposition of solids and voids has been the aesthetic guideline at the core of this plan. This theme is framed by series of blocks, the arrangement of which is conjugated with the previous one, although with a slight preponderance of the idea of "frame", not as an enclave of a theme, but as a finished continuity of the same.

Author: Giráldez - López Iñigo - Subías Arquitectes

Source: Cuadernos de Arquitectura


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