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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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
Directors of the COAC Digital Archive


About us

Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura


2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 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:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

Collaborating Entities:



Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

In Pictures

  • Headquarters of the Lleida Branch of the COAC

  • Headquarters of the Lleida Branch of the COAC

  • Headquarters of the Lleida Branch of the COAC

  • Headquarters of the Lleida Branch of the COAC


L’edifici és format per dues parts ben diferenciades. La base de l’edifici adapta la seva forma a la topografia del solar. La silueta s’esglaona en planta i en secció, llevat de la petita torre-mirador adossada a la mitgera, que s’eleva des de la seva base de suport. Aquesta part disposa de grans obertures vidrades, protegides del sol per una sèrie de volades de formigó que simulen una reconstrucció de les corbes de nivell. A sobre d’aquest basament descansa un prisma cúbic que emergeix sobre les cases del voltant, com una talaia sobre la ciutat, el riu i la plana. A la cota més baixa hi ha una placeta arbrada que reconstrueix els recorreguts de vianants preexistents. Les dues parts de l’edifici contenen diferents funcions del programa. Les plantes inferiors es destinen a les àrees d’atenció al públic, exposicions, sala d’actes i aparcament. Al cos cúbic s’hi allotgen els despatxos i la biblioteca. Els materials de revestiment emprats emfasitzen aquesta dualitat.

Author: Maurici Pla

Source: Catalunya : guia d'arquitectura moderna, 1880-2007


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