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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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

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2019-2024 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Helena Cepeda Inès Martinel Maria Jesús Quintero

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Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Cultura

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Fundació Mies van der Rohe


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  • Torrabadella House

    Francesc Mariné i Martorell

    Torrabadella House

    Building with a partition, two façades aligned to the street and a third to the garden. It consists of ground floor and first floor. Façades of symmetrical composition, very ornamental. The most significant formal element is a tribune in the corner, with a circular plan, limited by polygonal stained-glass windows and a pyramidal roof. The façades are limited by a cornice with brackets and a balustrade. The formal and decorative elements are representatives of eclecticism. The wrought ironwork on the balconies, with exuberant decoration, is by Joan Bellavista "Guidons". The industrial activity of the 19th century brought the textile industry to Granollers, which grew from the cotton manufacturers and their auxiliary industries, which extended the urban plot outside the walled enclosure and near the communication routes, while also initiating the extension of the urban core, between El Congost and the railway of France. This is how the Barcelona-Ribes Road becomes the axis of the city, an area of widening at the end of the last hundred years: Torrebadella House, Paula Pinyol House, Trullàs House, Museum, etc...


  • Granollers City Council

    Simó Cordomí i Carrera

    Granollers City Council

    Renovation of an old medieval building between partitions with a roof on two sides. The lower part of the building is of ashlar and the upper part of brick. From the façade, a balcony stands out with two very complex arches supported by helical columns and a stone tracery sill; the balcony is supported by large corbels and brackets. Below the balcony, there are two ogival arch entrance doors. The rest of the windows, with the thresholds, present various solutions within a Gothic Revival taste. The building is crowned by a large eave supported by panels and ceramics between them. In the northern part there is a polygonal tower with the clock. On the other side, there is a pinnacle supported by a female sculpture. The Town Hall is in Plaça de la Porxada, the main public space in Granollers, where the traditional Thursday market takes place. In its surroundings, there are medieval and Renaissance buildings. It belongs to the network of constructions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; a time of great economic and constructive activity at the time when the city grew looking for ways of communication, creating the Eixample.

    1902 - 1904

  • Clapés House

    Manuel Joaquim Raspall i Mayol

    Clapés House

    Building between partitions, with a ground floor and three landings, as well as a symmetrically composed façade and curvilinear gable roof. The latter includes a grandiose and exaggerated ornamental composition with ribbons, fleurons, tiles and embossed buttons with high-quality metallic reflections. The "whiplash" type forgings are very characteristic of Raspall's first stage, full of imagination and exuberance. Located in Porxada Square, it is a main public space in Granollers, where the traditional Thursday market takes place. In its surroundings there are Renaissance buildings, so it represents a visual variant together with the Town Hall, also very important in the square. It belongs to the network of constructions from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a period of great construction activity in Granollers and Vallès Oriental, where the bourgeoisie opted for the decorativism and imagination presented by modernism.


  • Miquel Blanxart i Estapé House

    Jeroni Martorell Terrats

    Miquel Blanxart i Estapé House

    Result of the refurbishment of an old building, which faces two streets and has a party wall. It consists of a ground floor and two landings. The main façade of symmetrical composition; the balcony is run along the two façades. The windows on the second floor have a very original awning, in the shape of a circle. On the ground floor there are the typical modernist windows with plant and animal motifs. A female figure stands out holding the tribune. The façade is decorated with floral geometric sgraffitos following a modernist language. J. M. Barnardas oversaw the decoration. The building is located on the street-road that crosses the town: it comes from the first extension of the late 19th century, and is the current main axis of the urban centre where we find represented the architectural movements of the last hundred years (Casa Margarit, Casa Torrebadella, Museum…).

    1904 - 1907

  • Can Roura

    Alexandre Soler i March

    Can Roura

    Building between partition walls, consisting of a ground floor and two landings, with a gable roof. The façade is crowned by an archery and barbican. The building alternates historicist elements (thresholds and portal) with other formal modernist elements (medallions, sgraffitos, borders and ceramics). The industrial activity of the 19th century brought the textile industry to Granollers, which began its growth with the cotton manufactures and their auxiliary industries, extending the urban fabric outside the walls and near the communication routes. Thus, they began the extension of the urban centre between Congost and the railway of France. In this way, the Barcelona-Ribes Road became the axis of the city, the wide area at the end of the 19th century, where we find the architectural movements of the last hundred years represented.


  • Granollers Nursing Home

    Josep Maria Miró i Guibernau

    Granollers Nursing Home

    Group of buildings around a large U-shaped courtyard, oriented south. The central body stands out for the access reinforced by two observation towers that protrude from the rest of the buildings; these have a ground floor, main floor and attic. The cover is composite. The formal and decorative elements are representative of the modernist language. It was built on the site of the old and disappeared Capuchin convent, founded in 1584 and destroyed during the Napoleonic war. After being redone, the burning of convents of 1835 took place. In 1844, the state ceded these lands to move the hospital that was previously in the current Tarafa Library. In 1913, the "Junta de Reforma de Granollers y Construcción del Nuevo Hospital - Asilo" was established, chaired by Francisco Ribes Serre. In 1914 the foundation stone was laid. Part of the funds to construct this building were taken from the sale of the Sant Esteve altarpiece (a work by Vergós from the 15th century) for 150,000 pesetas.

    1914 - 1923

  • 1927

  • Can Biel

    Manuel Joaquim Raspall i Mayol

    Can Biel

    House between partition walls, with a ground floor and two landings. The building is divided into two bodies: an access one that protrudes from the plane of the façade and ends in a pediment with a geometric structure, and a lower one that is crowned by a large cornice supported by panels. It must be said that the windows are of different typology. The façade, especially regarding the entrance, has been renovated in recent years by the architect J. Valls. It belongs to the Noucentista and academic stage of M.J. Raspall. It is located in the old part of the city, in the urban centre of the Middle Ages.


  • 1959

  • 1971

  • 1972

  • 1969 - 1973

  • Regional Assembly of the Red Cross

    Andreu Bosch i Planas, Josep Maria Botey i Gómez, Lluís Cuspinera i Font

    The local Assembly of the Red Cross in Granollers was done by the trio composed by the Catalan architects Andreu Bosch (1943), Josep Maria Botey (1943) and Lluís Cuspinera (1942). Among the best-known works of this team we can find the Granollers Museum (1976) and the reorganisation of the Empúries Monumental Complex (1987). The three architects were awarded the EXEMPLA silver medal in 1973, an annual competition organised by the Munich Chamber of Crafts, on the occasion of the International Handcrafts Fair (Internationalen Handwerksmesse) in Munich (Germany). In parallel to his work as an architect, Lluís Cuspinera is also known for his outreach work on the architectural heritage of Granollers, La Garriga and the Vallès Oriental region in general. The project of the Local Assembly of the Red Cross of Granollers was carried out completely altruistically by Bosch, Botey and Cuspinera in 1970, although the presence of the Red Cross in Granollers goes back to 1905, the year in which the Local Assembly was founded by Pau Gubert. After frenetic activity in episodes such as the Tragic Week (1909) or the Civil War (1936-1939), the Assembly decided, in 1969, to move to a new location. Currently, the Bosch, Botey y Cuspinera building still houses the Regional Assembly of the Red Cross, as well as the health services it offers to the community (vaccination, drug addiction prevention, blood bank, etc.). The project arising from this order is a building between partitions, with a structure of H-profile metal pillars and divided in half by an interior patio. It is a functional building, with a sanitary and administrative programme scrupulously distributed over its four floors. One of the most characteristic and eye-catching elements of the project is, without a doubt, the use of colour both on the façades and in its interior: while the walls of the building are painted white, other elements such as the railings, the structure or the carpentry are red. Both colours symbolise the institution of the Red Cross, the logo of which is a red cross on a white background in the Western countries.

    1970 - 1975

  • Granollers Museum

    Andreu Bosch i Planas, Josep Maria Botey i Gómez, Lluís Cuspinera i Font

    Granollers Museum

    The building houses the museum space of a recently formed city, on a plot between partitions located on the main street, which is the one that gives access and exit to the city. The location of the various rooms (for permanent exhibitions, temporary exhibitions, catering, conferences) leads to the insertion of a square mesh of concrete pillars into the plot, divided into three parts on each side, so that there is a small gap in the façade band and a larger space in the interior. This structure frees the partition walls and the façade from their load-bearing functions, and allows a specialised programme to be placed on each of the six floors. The stairs and elevators are outside this square grid, in a remaining part of the site. The altimetry of the slabs is separated from the street by means of access on a mezzanine floor, which allows the conference room to be located in the semi-basement.

    1971 - 1976

  • 1982 - 1987

  • Granollers Indoor Swimming Pool

    Brullet - De Luna Arquitectes, Manuel Brullet i Tenas, Alfonso de Luna Colldefors

    Granollers Indoor Swimming Pool

    Dins del Parc Esportiu Municipal de Granollers, al costat de dues piscines i d’un gimnàs s’havia de construir una piscina olímpica coberta per encàrrec de l’ajuntament d’aquesta ciutat. El projecte va reorganitzar les circulacions de tot el conjunt del parc i va suggerir un canvi referent a l’accés principal a tot el complex, que ara es produeix a través de l’esmentat parc que envolta els equipaments. Un hall cobert, tangent a la nova piscina, dóna accés i ordena les comunicacions de tot el recinte. La nova piscina no forma un sol bloc amb les construccions ja existents per tal d’evitar un edifici massa voluminós. Es prefereix, doncs, una juxtaposició entre el nou edifici i el vell, de la què en resulta un conjunt més amable volumètricament, integrat al parc i a les piscines exteriors. La piscina coberta està orientada longitudinalment cap al sud, per obtenir una il•luminació òptima i disminuir al màxim les despeses energètiques de condicionament ambiental. La coberta corba de la piscina s’inclina de sud a nord per a possibilitar aquest gran finestral d’orientació meridional.

    1994 - 1997

  • Ferrer i Guàrdia Primary School

    BAAS Arquitectura, Jordi Badia i Rodríguez, Jordi Framis Ferrer

    Ferrer i Guàrdia Primary School

    The school is divided into two parts: the classroom and a lower body intended for the dining room and gymnasium. The auditorium is formed by a bar located between partitions and aligned with Roger de Flor Street. This body is closed to the street and opens to the interior through patios that allow natural light to be controlled and build a series of empty volumes of three floors, used for children's leisure. A linear staircase connects these three floors and builds the interior space, uniting the three floors in a single volume that receives filtered light through rhythmic vertical openings. The façade thus emphasises the opacity of this body, while on the ground floor there is a displacement that widens the sidewalk and gives rise to independent access to the children's school. The main access takes place from the main courtyard, through a porch that joins the classroom with the services body and, at the same time, naturally divides the courtyard between the area intended for the children's school and the area designated for the primary school.

    2003 - 2006

  • 1014 House

    H ARQUITECTES, David Lorente Ibáñez, Josep Ricart Ulldemolins, Xavier Ros Majó, Roger Tudó Galí

    1014 House

    The plot is located in the old town of Granollers. It is a 6.5-metre-wide and very long plot between partitions that has access from two streets. Of the existing construction, which was in a dilapidated state, it was only possible to preserve the façade on the main street, which was kept in good condition and had a certain heritage interest. The clients wanted to differentiate two areas within the house very clearly: a domestic area where family life was to develop and a second independent functioning area which had to serve both to have a more secluded and quiet living space in everyday life, as well as to receive visitors or organise collective meals in more sporadic situations. Urban planning conditions allowed building only in alignment with roads and therefore the division of the two areas within the plot was automatic. The domestic part is located on the most central street and in the western area, separated by the central garden, the most segregated part linked to the vehicular access. The east-west orientation of the plot and the narrowness of the access streets made it very difficult for the house to have good solar capture through the street façades. This condition, added to the difficulties in achieving privacy on the ground floor, led us to withdraw the buildings from the street, creating access yards that would also act as solar collectors for the roof, creating transitional spaces between the street and the house, between the external and internal climate. We put some semi-covered spaces that can be used by means of retractable covers that allow capture in winter and ventilation in summer. In this way, pedestrian access from the most central street and vehicular access from the other street are solved, avoiding the typical marginal and poorly qualified spaces that are usually generated by car parks and pedestrian access from the street. The qualities of privacy, light, space and thermal comfort of these entrance spaces allow the house to be used and perceived from end to end, without hidden or residual spaces. These bioclimatic spaces become the first step in a succession of spaces that run from one street to the next offering a great variety of conditions, characteristics and explicitly differentiated properties. The sum of this succession of spaces and climates creates a ground floor of 345 m2 and 53 m long where the most collective and intense uses of the house will be located and which functions as a large continuous distributor which is accessed by the stairs that lead to the most private or service rooms located on the ground and basement floors. The treatment of each room in an individualised way but at the same time carefully connected to its neighbouring rooms makes it possible to identify the specificities of each space very clearly, but at the same time to integrate them all into a whole. This strategy makes it easier for outdoor spaces to acquire living room characteristics and become just another room in the house. Thus, this large ground floor has low, high, long interior rooms, semi-exterior covered and bioclimatised rooms, covered exterior and outdoor rooms. The sequence of spaces tries to create a certain ambiguity about what is interior and what is exterior, but at the same time the exterior spaces are intentionally differentiated by intensifying the vegetation and uncoated ceramics that with their more material and natural presence manage to create less domesticated atmospheres, builds landscapes on a plot with no views. The organisation based on linked rooms is totally related to the structural system of the house, which is why to use a wall system that materially reinforces the typology was chosen. The load-bearing walls embrace all the spaces and limit the size and proportion of the openings between spaces, so that the structure radically conditions the experience of the house. The materiality of the ceramics, the different textures of the factory, the thickness of the walls, the ability to self-regulate humidity and its thermal inertia are experiences that go with each type of space. Space is structure and structure shapes space. The relationships between the different structural units produce structural discontinuities that must be resolved and that become opportunities to organise the ceramic factory by creating post-compressed beams where the solid brick rows are reinforced and stratify the structural walls in strips between sills and lintels creating a gradient of densities from the thinnest and most massive pieces on the ground floor to the thickest and most perforated on the upper floors. A new expressiveness is achieved from the different rhythms and textures that emerge from the structural requests of the ceramic factory. The organisation of the matter and the spaces tries to prioritise an optimal passive behaviour of the house, starting from the bioclimatic courtyards that guarantee a thermal stability between 15 and 25ºC; an improved climate in between which also reduces the demand for the spaces that are directly related to it greatly. The structural system and the double ceramic sheet of the façades with 10cm of wood fibers guarantee a very good relationship between thermal insulation and interior thermal inertia. The solar protections are hung on the outside of the façade, avoiding thermal bridges and delinking the solar protection from the window hole, as if it were a secondary, more dynamic element, a circumstantial addition that could change or be replaced along the years. The house has just been air-conditioned using radiant systems linked to a geothermal system that allows passive exchange with the ground. In addition to radiant floors, sheet metal collaborative slabs are earth-activated structures that act as large radiators or radiant surfaces and help dissipate heat in the summer. This high internal inertia linked to the temperature of the ground allows a very stable thermal behaviour throughout the year with minimal consumption.

    2012 - 2014

  • Migdia House

    SAU - Taller d'Arquitectura, Lluís Jordà Sala, Pol Jordà Sala

    Migdia House

    The project starts from two initial premises marked by the property from day one: - A house with lots of natural light - A house that has the ability over time to increase ceiling metres without giving up the common spaces. These two premises are what determine the main idea of the project: bring all rooms, and storage, to the partitions; leaving a central nucleus that articulates the space around it. This decision allows us to free up the street and patio façades, north and south respectively, and be able to work on them as a light and ventilation filter. On the other hand, it frees up the project section, giving it flexibility in time. Depending on the needs of the users, the roof area is increased through the construction of lofts. Anchors have been left integrated in the concrete structure so that in the future simple wooden structures can be assembled without the need for auxiliary means. On the ground floor, connected to the street and the patio, there is a garage space understood as a multifunctional space where you can have family lunches, parties or activities related to the patio. On the first floor, and going from south to north, there is the living-dining room and the kitchen. The room is connected to the living room through a double sliding door, this gives several alternatives for privacy, from a room completely open or semi-open to the living room to a closed room with access through the dressing room. On the roof, and thanks to the section, two terraces appear, one more private and protected by a vegetable pergola, and the other more exposed, understood as a solarium. The partitions are parallel but skewed with respect to the perpendicular of the façade. Taking advantage of the fact that they are blind elements, they are considered as service and storage spaces, recovering the perpendicular to the façade on its inner face. This gives the possibility of fitting a programme where it takes more thickness. The core that integrates the bathroom and stairs is slightly offset towards the north-west corner of the building's floor plan, thus defining different proportions in the spaces around it and facilitating the relationship between them. It also integrates a courtyard of light that, in addition to illuminating the central spaces of the house, provides natural light to the shower and toilet. This patio is designed as a preview for a possible elevator. The façades are understood as a triple skin. They are designed as filters to improve the feeling of comfort: light and temperature. The outermost skin is 4cm cellular polycarbonate, the inside is double glass with a camera and adjustable slats between the two. On the south façade, the space between the polycarbonate sheet and the glass can be opened and closed depending on the ventilation needs: in winter we close the chamber and orient the slats inwards to make the most of the radiation and in the summer we open the camera and orient the slats outwards thus avoiding the direct incidence of solar radiation; if it is suitable we can also open 100% of the inner leaf leaving the whole house ventilated from the south to the north façade. The house is designed to achieve the greatest possible comfort through passive methods. Only 3 mechanical air conditioning elements appear: a chimney with forced ventilation; a fan, duct and thermostat system that recirculates the hot air accumulated in the upper part of the double space taking it to the lower levels; and a heat pump that is used as additional support. We have worked with the neutral materials possible: concrete, glass, polycarbonate, maple wood... with the aim of generating an uncontaminated space and for the user to give it colour and personality through furniture, vegetation... somehow trying to project a support for everyday life.


  • 2019 - 2021

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