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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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 Eduard Callís Francesc Rafat Pau Albert Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Mercè Bosch Jaume Farreny Anton Pàmies Juan Manuel Zaguirre Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Moisés Puente Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque


2019-2024 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero Lucía M. Villodres

External Collaborators:

2019-2024 Helena Cepeda Inès Martinel

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:



Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico


Basílica de la Sagrada Família


Museu del Disseny de Barcelona






EINA Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona




Fundació Domènench Montaner.

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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Chronology (9)

  1. Concurs Anual d'Edificis i Establiments Urbans

    Award-Winner / Winner
    Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

    Lluís Domènech i Montaner

  2. Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

    Lluís Domènech i Montaner

    Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

    The project is the result of the merger of the Hospital de Sant Pau and the old Gothic complex of the Hospital de la Santa Creu, which created one of the elements with the greatest urban impact on the city. The hospital occupies nine blocks of houses in the Eixample Cerdà, at one end of Gaudí Avenue, with the Sagrada Família at the other end. Domènech i Montaner opts for the same organisation in pavilions rehearsed at the Institut Pere Mata, although creating an underground concentrated structure that prevents the functional dispersion of the pavilions, much criticised by some experts of the time in hospital facilities. It is a set of 46 pavilions located around an axis that crosses the large block of houses diagonally. Domènech thus operates an open and innovative reading of the island of typical houses in the Cerdà plan. The structure of the pavilions is modulated in elements that support brick vaults, favouring the adaptation of the wall system with the functionality of each pavilion. The axis formed by Gaudí Avenue represents a unique monumental ensemble, at the ends of which stand two almost antithetical conceptions of the meaning of the new architecture and its functionality in the social needs of the time.
  3. Final Stage of Work on the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

    Pere Domènech i Roura

    Final Stage of Work on the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

  4. Restoration of the Nostra Senyora de La Mercè Pavilion at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

    Víctor Argentí i Salvadó, Antoni González Moreno-Navarro, Josep Lluís González-Moreno Navarro

  5. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Restoration
    Restoration of the Nostra Senyora de La Mercè Pavilion at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

    Víctor Argentí i Salvadó, Antoni González Moreno-Navarro, Josep Lluís González-Moreno Navarro

  6. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Shortlisted. Category: Intervencions Parcials. Inclou Intervencions de Rehabilitació
    Rehabilitation of the Administration Pavilion of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

    ONL Arquitectura, Joan Nogué i Arbusà

  7. Ephemeral pavilion for the 080 Barcelona Fashion Week

    Rubén Casquero, Ana García

    Ephemeral pavilion for the 080 Barcelona Fashion Week

    The project emerged from the desire to present the new collection of the fashion brand LR3, merging virtual and digital reality with the physical one. The approach consists of creating an ephemeral space located inside the pavilion of Nuestra Señora del Carme, in the modernist complex of Sant Pau, designed by the architect Domènech i Montaner. The access to the pavilion is from the north side of the old hospital, and naked, pixelated avatars serve as a lure to the experience. The proposal for ephemeral architecture highlights the contrast between the ornamental and heavy construction of the historic heritage and the lightness of the technological environment created inside it. To achieve this, a lightweight self-supporting structure has been installed that respects the original shell without coming into contact with it, generating an interstitial space that makes evident the separation of the two constructional worlds while providing the access for the installations. This autonomous structure is made up of three different environments and has been lined on the inside with white fabric tarpaulins stretched with a system of modular canvases. The entrance to the pavilion is through a small door within the building's original abraded wooden carpentry. A bright orange curtain has been used to enhance the contrast to the delicate ornamentation of Sant Pau's floral motifs and to transmit the idea of access to the oneiric world that the LR3 invites us to. Once inside the pavilion, you enter the first space which bathes in an orange overhead lighting that tints the white tarpaulins with the representative colour of the brand. Here, you have the option to immerse yourself in the virtual experience, where the viewer is transported to the brand's universe and learns about its new collection through the marching avatars. The second room is formed by a perimeter of LED displays that form a one big screen where the avatars of the previous experience are walking on a completely white neutral background, dressed in the new collection that is being showcased. In this space, the visitor blends in as if he or she was yet another avatar, walking across the orange carpet. This so-called carpet alludes to the fashion runway that extends across the entire linear route of the installation, connecting the three environments of the pavilion. In the third room, you finally get to see the tangible and physical collection, displayed on mannequins of different shapes and sizes that are suspended from the ceiling with invisible threads. The mannequins appear to float in space, recreating the virtual experience seen in the first room. To achieve the seamless integration of the virtual, digital and physical experience across the three spaces, a dense ambiance has been created, incorporating different sensory stimuli. A hazer machine was used to achieve the thickness of the fog and natural scents were added to evoke an ecclesiastical environment. From an acoustic point of view, the space has been filled with the drony binaural sounds, which, unlike the stereo ones, produce a more enveloping feeling. These factors were in play to stimulate the different senses and create a tactile atmosphere, conveying the sensations of viscosity and texture captured by sight. This proposal for the presentation of the new LR3 collection replaces the traditional fashion show with an immersive experience in which the spectator is also the protagonist, achieving that all kinds of bodies, sizes, identities and aesthetics parade down the runway of this pavilion.


  • Batalla del modernisme: La Pedrera-Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau - Batalla monumental


    Batalla del modernisme: La Pedrera-Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau - Batalla monumental

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