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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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Rambla de Gavà is between Carrer de Gaudí and the C-245 highway. It is 575 m long and 20 m wide, with some wider sections such as the Jaume Perich and Josep Tarradellas squares. The action consisted of the complete conversion of the promenade into a pedestrian area to enhance its urban qualities, both in use and landscape. Only the streets that cross it maintain vehicle traffic and access to the parking lots located on the promenade has been regulated with stainless steel pylons.
The pavement has been unified with a single material, garnet-coloured porphyry of Asian origin, which is related to the historical memory of the Gavà stone. The pavement is medium in size, 20 cm wide, to make it very resistant to compression and bending. In the central walkway, the thickness of the pavement is 6 cm and in its lateral spaces it is 8.
We have worked with a topographic section inherent to its character as a boulevard, although eliminating all unevenness to make it completely accessible. With this unitary treatment of the support plane and without obstacles, the promenade takes on new, much larger dimensions and the built urban context is highlighted, as well as the gardens of the Lluc house. The arrangement of the pavement in courses parallel to the axis of the central walk enhances the longitudinal dimension.
The characteristic trees of the boulevard, the plane trees, have been maintained, renewing those specimens in poor condition. The furniture and lighting, sober and functional, enhance the spatial qualities of the walk. The lighting columns are made of anodised aluminum. The benches are of the Nu type with and without backrest. For the terraces, new unified furniture has been designed with ecru-colored umbrellas and aluminum chairs and tables, which will contribute significantly to the urban quality and order of the new promenade. In the cross streets, without differences in level with the boulevard, traffic is channeled using cylindrical stainless-steel posts.
The action has also included the construction of a new sewer network, fiber optics, and all services have been buried and rebuilt. At the top of the promenade, Plaça de Batista i Roca and Carrer d'Antoni Gaudí have been completely renovated, where an underground car park has been built, allowing the promenade to be freed from its blue zone. The square, fully integrated with the promenade in terms of materials, is a large porphyry plane that allows all types of civic activities; the transition with the perimeters, located at different levels, occurs through green slopes and different stairs. A wall also appears on the border with the Sant Llorenç stream. Both the steps and the wall are finished in porphyry and the shear cut on the visible side of the stone of the wall stands out.

Author: Jordi Henrich i Monràs


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