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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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Cronology (7)

  1. El Born Market

    Josep Maria Cornet i Mas, Josep Fontserè i Mestre

    El Born Market

    The Born market is a key part of the urban development plan that gave rise to the Ciutadella park when it was demolished in the middle of the 19th century. A series of long, narrow islands run parallel to the park's direction and face the Ribera district. The heart of the intervention is a public square doubled by the Born market (Barcelona’s wholesale market). The original market is conceived as a covered square with a very light roof by Josep Maria Cornet i Mas. This roof is shaped like a cross inscribed on the perimeter of the market, formed by asymmetrical gabled roofs with skylights on the ridge, raised with respect to other groups of identical roofs. An octagonal dome with a lantern is arranged on the cruise. The market closures are opaque to mid-height and are covered (like the jumps between the roofs) by a metal shutter, almost a mesh, which introduces a nuanced and almost religious light. The market was abandoned in 1971 and survived the Olympics. When, finally, the aim is to dispose of the Barcelona Provincial Library, its architects, Enric Sòria and Rafael de Cáceres, find the remains of the old Ribera district in an optimal state of conservation when they excavate the floor. The program is adapted to the findings and, currently, the building is still under construction to house a part of the Museum of the History of the City that will deal precisely with the preservation of these ruins under the archeologically restored structure of the market. The new intervention has perimeter platforms that will allow the view of the ruins while keeping the space of the roundabout intact. The museum program will be housed in cubicles and arranged in a square. All the intervention will be public and will recover the square-like character that the Mediterranean markets have.
  2. El Born Market

    Pere Espinosa i Giménez

    El Born Market

  3. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Restoration

    FAD Award

    El Born Market

    Pere Espinosa i Giménez

  4. Restoration of El Born Market (Stage 3: Born CC)

    Rafael de Cáceres Zurita, Enric Sòria i Badia

    Restoration of El Born Market (Stage 3: Born CC)

    The open debate on the Born’s use and the work done on the compatibility between the ruins and the Provincial Library concluded with the municipal decision to propose a Cultural Centre that would incorporate the site as an active part of the new facility. Decided for this purpose, the building attached to the Born was built on 5 Comercial Street, and it becomes essential in order to locate the technical elements of the facilities (air conditioning, power supply, transformer station, etc.). In parallel with the construction of the annex building, a platform was built inside the Old Market to protect the site and to recover the work plan on which to proceed with the restoration and construction of the cultural centre. Broadly speaking, the main restoration tasks focused on the construction of the new roof and its structural consolidation, the restoration of the cast elements (pillars, channels, structural and ornamental elements, the set of the central lantern, the stairs and exterior walkways, the interior staircase for access to the roof, etc.), the closure of façades (cast iron elements, glass, skylights, brick walls, etc.), and the evacuation system of waters. The project included structural operations aimed at reusing the Market as a Cultural Centre, in particular the structure of the slabs that make up the upper level of the site and which is directly related to the outdoor space of the Cultural Centre and the network of stormwater drainage of the whole. In July 2010, the architect Rafael de Cáceres resigned from the work for the reasons set out in the document Carta al Born, which you can find on the blog:
  5. Premi Ciutat de Barcelona

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture and Urbanism

    Premi Ciutat de Barcelona

    Restoration of El Born Market (Stage 3: Born CC)

    Rafael de Cáceres Zurita, Enric Sòria i Badia

  6. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Restoration of El Born Market (Stage 3: Born CC)

    Rafael de Cáceres Zurita, Enric Sòria i Badia

  7. EU Mies Award

    Restoration of El Born Market (Stage 3: Born CC)

    Rafael de Cáceres Zurita, Enric Sòria i Badia


  • Va passar aquí - El Born, mercat de mercats - betevé


    Va passar aquí - El Born, mercat de mercats - betevé