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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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
  • El Ingenio

    autoria desconeguda


  • Figueras House

    autoria desconeguda

    Figueras House


  • 1847

  • 1849

  • 1850

  • Casa Gispert

    autoria desconeguda


  • Farmàcia Almirall

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  • 1864

  • Farmàcia Joaquim Cases

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  • 1870

  • 1871

  • Granges Llobregat

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  • 1878

  • Metrònom

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  • Vicenç Mestres House

    Santiago Güell i Grau

    Vicenç Mestres House

    Building between partitions, with four bays. It consists of a ground floor and a floor, with an Arabic tile gable roof. There is a rear gallery and patio. The doors have trilobed arches. There are reinforced mortar balusters and the use of brick. The architectural language responds to the characteristics of modernism, used in an austere way. The house is located in the wide area formed on the sides of the Sant Martí de Sarroca road, BV-2121, opened in 1881. It is an interesting area in terms of eclectic and modernist architecture.


  • 1883

  • Torner i Güell House

    Josep Inglada i Estrada

    Building between partitions, with three corridors, consisting of ground floor, mezzanine, two landings and roof with a turret and a viewpoint. The façade is of exposed brick, with the exception of the ground floor and the mezzanine. It has a symmetrical composition. The glazed ceramic tiles and the roof rail, in moulded ceramic, are interesting elements. In the centre of the façade’s roof there is an 1884 inscription. The Torner i Güell House is located in the 18th century area that was built up after the demolition of the old medieval wall. The house was built on the initiative of Antoni Torner i Güell and directed by the master builder Josep Inglada i Estrada. In the archives of the Vilafranca City Council, two projects dated from 1884 are preserved, one dated August 4 and approved on the 12th of the same month, and another dated November 17, which presents the addition of a new flat, approved two days later.


  • Administració Central de Correus

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    1889 - 1890

  • Lebon Gas Company

    Francesc de Paula del Villar Carmona

    Lebon Gas Company

    The building - current headquarters of the "Mutua General de Seguros" - was built between 1894-1896 as a representative and office building for the Company of Gas Lebon following a project by the architect Francesc de Paula Villar i Carmona. The plot is part of a unique double block delimited by Carrer d'Aribau, Diputació, Balmes and Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, mostly occupied by the large building of the University of Barcelona. It is a quadrangular building that sits on a rectangular plot, much of which was originally intended for a garden and is currently used as a car park. One of the most relevant aspects of this building and what makes it one of the most outstanding constructions of the end of the 19th century in Barcelona is precisely the originality of the project. We are referring to the fact that it looks like an exempt building despite being the head of a continuous band of buildings aligned on Carrer de Balmes. The architect achieved this effect by attaching the building to the middle of Carrer de Balmes, but opening its main façade towards the garden which was accessed from the Gran Via. The building consists of five levels of height clearly differentiated into three bodies. The lower one, almost like a base, has a very different material treatment from the rest of the façade. Made with stone blocks arranged in regular rows, it has two levels, a lower one where the current entrance to the Mutua is located (on Carrer de Balmes). Above this lower level there is a second floor, which opens to a series of low arches that give it the appearance of a gallery or very diaphanous body. However, this second level gains prominence in the area of the old garden where the main entrance was located. On this front, a monumental staircase with a stone railing gives access to the interior of the building through the second level. This entrance is also protected from atmospheric agents such as sun or rain through the overhang of the balcony that develops on the main floor. Regarding the rest of the façade, the homogeneity of elements and composition on the three fronts should be highlighted. In this sense, on top of the stone base, where the openings of the two interior levels are framed, the body of the façade is properly developed. Separated from the lower one by a running cornice, this becomes more prominent in the corners, where the towers develop, becoming an overhang that forms the base of the tribunes on the main floor. These tribunes are configured as a rectangular element resting on sculpted corbels, with a stone railing and Ionic columns that support an entablature that is the base of the balcony developed on the second floor. The windows on the main floor are framed by Ionic pilasters that incorporate several diamond-pointed ashlars into the shaft and that become the only ornamental element apart from the smooth entablature that crowns them. On the second floor, on the other hand, the windows – although they keep the same type of pilaster – are configured as a spandrel balcony and are finished with semicircular pediments that contrast with the mouldings on the top floor. The building is finished with a powerful cornice to which circular openings open in the form of portholes sculpted with floral decoration and which coincide with the vertical axis on which the windows are arranged. Above the cornice there is a last floor with mansards and a roof on a slope which is the result of a later work. As for the corner towers, as already mentioned, they present one more level than the rest of the façade, in which a kind of open gallery develops through a triple opening with arch and central pillar. The towers are covered with a false mansard roof that is topped with a flat roof with an iron railing. Unlike the base level made of stone, in the rest of the façade the predominant material is brick, arranged in horizontal strips and which contrasts with the whiteness of the artificial stone of the mullions and lintels of the windows. The building was designed by the architect Francesc de Paula Villar i Carmona in 1894 on behalf of the company Gas Lebón – one of the pioneers in the state in the production and marketing of gas for public and private lighting of the city. The original project did not foresee the mansards, which are an added element that considerably modified the perception of the façade, as it visually narrows the angular turrets and reduces the verticality of the whole in general.

    1894 - 1896

  • Farmàcia Guinart

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  • Serra i Corominas House

    autoria desconeguda

    Building between partitions with a rear garden, a ground floor, two landings and a roof. The composition of the façade is symmetrical and features elements that correspond to the language of neoclassicism (posters, capitals, tympanum, corbels, etc.). This house is located in front of the station, in the area of the Eixample that began to be built in 1865, in an environment in a constant process of degradation. It was originally surrounded by side and rear gardens, and there were side galleries with ground floor and one landing. They later disappeared because blocks of flats were built on both sides.

    second half of the 19th century

  • Herboristeria Llobet

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  • Carbonell House

    Josep Domènech Estapà

    It is a building between partitions intended for single-family housing and commercial uses. The property has an irregular floor plan, consisting of a basement floor, a porch floor divided into a ground floor and a mezzanine, and two floors. The roof is flat and the ladder box attached to the partition protrudes. The façade is composed symmetrically on two vertical axes. The porch is of singular height with two intercolumniations, with supports of square section formed by base and shaft with corbels and diamond cushions. Interior façade with curved lines and floral ornamentation. We find a balcony run with an iron railing and blocks matching the pillars of the porch and two fluted jamb openings that link with the abutting balconies on the upper façade. The crowning is formed by a cornice with corbels. The facings on the main floor have horizontal bands and those on the upper floor are stuccoed simulating bricks.

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