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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

    autoria desconeguda


  • 1864

  • 1882 - 1883

  • Gran Café del Siglo XIX

    autoria desconeguda


  • Coffee-Restaurant of the 1888 International Exhibition

    Lluís Domènech i Montaner

    Coffee-Restaurant of the 1888 International Exhibition

    The building highlights new architectural values as part of the first Universal Exhibition. It consists of a large dining room and a cafe on the ground floor, a rectangular box with folded façades, so that the exterior image of the building is modeled independently of the interior requirements. The four corners are highlighted by four towers with different crowns. The structure responds to a rigorous application of the brick and iron factory, protagonists of the new architecture. The relationship between the ornamentation and the structure is also clearly resolved: the battlements of the outer wall surround the building accompanied by glazed ceramic shields with airtight inscriptions. This is the first building-manifesto of modernism, which shows some guidelines that later other architects will apply to more complex programs.

    1887 - 1892

  • Martí House

    Josep Puig i Cadafalch

    Martí House

    It is the first work by Puig i Cadafalch in Barcelona, after some works done in Mataró and Argentona. This is a reinterpretation of the Gothic house: the ground floor is intended for the brewery "Els Quatre Gats", a meeting point for the most cosmopolitan intellectual elites of modernism, the "lovers of the north", in the words of Opisso. The main floor is for the owners' home, and the third and fourth floors are for rent. Puig captures the northern vocation of the promoters with a composition based on the Northern Gothic: a large brick factory with profuse stone ornaments, supported by seven large, pointed arches and crowned by a gallery under a large eaves, with sculptures by Josep Llimona and Eusebi Arnau, and forges by Manuel Ballarín. The grandstands on the main floor and the main door incorporate a dense flamboyant Gothic ornamentation. The house becomes a powerful attraction for the sensibilities of its promoters.

    1895 - 1896

  • 1896

  • 1897

  • 1902

  • Reforma Interior de la Fonda Espanya

    Lluís Domènech i Montaner

    Reforma Interior de la Fonda Espanya

    El 1900 Miquel Salvadó, propietari de la Fonda Espanya, va encarregar a Domènech la reforma del seu establiment situat al Raval de Barcelona. Salvadó pretenia ampliar i modernitzar l’establiment, en ús des de 1859, per posar-lo al nivell dels nous restaurants que s’estaven creant al tombant de segle. L’obra va consistir en reformar els menjadors i vestíbul de la fonda, que es va inaugurar el mateix 1900, reformar l’escala i col·locar ascensor, adequar la sala d’espera, el menjador dels hostes, la sala de música i la sala de descans i lectura que es van acabar el 1903. Tot i que en principi només es tractava de canviar la decoració interior, Domènech va acabar fent una reforma integral de la planta baixa reordenant els espais i eliminant murs, fent-hi arribar la llum natural. Els murs que separaven les diverses estances van ser substituïts per grans jàsseres metàl·liques suportades per pilastres amb capitells decorats i es va construir una gran claraboia de vidre. Tots els interiors van ser profusament ornamentats, amb una gran creativitat decorativa, que s’adaptava a cada espai. Especialment remarcables són les sirenes esgrafiades de Ramon Casas al menjador dels hostes. L’any 1903 totes les obres es van donar per acabades i un any després va ser guardonat com el millor establiment comercial del concurs que convocava l’Ajuntament de Barcelona. Al llarg dels anys ha anat canviant de propietaris, i tot i que ha sofert algunes modificacions, es manté gran part de l’obra de Domènech mantenint sempre l’ús original.

    1900 - 1903

  • 1904

  • 1909

  • London Bar

    autoria desconeguda


  • 1912

  • La Confiteria

    autoria desconeguda

    1912 - 1913

  • Santuari de la Misericòrdia Restaurant

    Josep Puig i Cadafalch

    Santuari de la Misericòrdia Restaurant

    Double-height main nave with a parabolic arch framing windows made with careful brickwork. The same treatment can be seen in the annex, the restaurant facilities and the gabled house.


  • 1916

  • Granja Font

    autoria desconeguda


  • 1919 - 1923

  • Quiosc de Begudes i Refrescos

    autoria desconeguda

    first half of the 20th century

  • 20th century

  • Casal Gelidenc Café

    autoria desconeguda

    Large rectangular building with a gable roof. It has with two floors, the first one is covered by tiled vaults and the second by a flat roof and "art déco" decoration. The extraordinary luminosity due to the large windows and the longitudinal balcony on the left of the building, where the coat of arms of Catalonia appears on the railing, is worth noting, a motif that is repeated in the two attic windows, where on one of them has disappeared.

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