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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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All works
  • 1902 - 1904

  • 1907

  • Laboratories of the SEAT Automobile Factory

    Rafael Echaide, César Ortiz-Echagüe

    Laboratories of the SEAT Automobile Factory

    The building is intended to house the laboratories where the quality controls of the materials used in the manufacture of automobiles are carried out. It is conceived as a technical product and is surrounded by landscaped flower beds that filter the exterior, softening the harshness of the industrial environment. It is an abstract prism defined by a system of lines and planes where not only the constructive function can be read, but also the calligraphy of some details that do not hide their debt to Mies, the architect who had awarded the author in 1957 for the project of the canteens for the same company. The program is divided by floors, one for each type of laboratory: mechanical tests on the ground floor, physical tests on the first floor, and chemical tests on the second floor. The reinforced concrete structure guides the interior space according to needs, creating a bay on each façade and another one with a narrower interior for circulation. The air ducts and the forklift are in this central corridor. In this way, the work areas remain free of pillars and can be divided according to need. To achieve a transparent interior space, the partitions are solved with glass from the working height to the ceiling.

    1958 - 1960

  • 1961

  • 1959 - 1963

  • Lafi Phyto-Chemical Laboratories

    RBTA - Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura, Ricardo Bofill Leví

    Lafi Phyto-Chemical Laboratories

    Designed for the manufacture of phytochemicals, this building is the perfect example of RBTA regionalist period, with large cubic volumes suspended in the void and special attention given to the design details. The building is of exposed traditional red brick, with large glazed window openings. Conceived as a single building, it reveals itself as three pavilions which have been adapted to the undulating site. The different species of plants along the façade and the domestic appearance of the building facilitated its integration into what was a rural setting at the time, and it has been taken to be a private villa for decades. The progressive degradation of the area as a result of indiscriminate industrial development has left the laboratories looking today like a lush green garden amid a sea of eyesores.

    1965 - 1967

  • Uriach Laboratories

    Manuel Ribas i Piera

    Uriach Laboratories

    The complex is located in an irregular area of Barcelona’s Eixample, where housing and industry are combined and it adjusts to the specific volumetry approved by the City Council in 1956, which was later retouched in 1961. The office tower, with a vertical component, is located in one of the corners of the block and is separated from the ground to mark the access. The laboratory block, with a horizontal and slightly curved composition, is set back from the street to create a parking lot protected by a small embankment. Subsequently, different extensions were made until the block was completed with facilities for industrial use. Currently, a rehabilitation of the complex is in the making, adapting the tower to housing and the block to offices. The set’s lightness and compositional freedom are due to the use of a metal structure that frees the walls from their load-bearing condition. This effect is amplified by the treatment of the façades, covered with white limestone, which enhances the surfaces as abstract planes. The vertical guidelines of the metal pillars meet the horizontal strips of glass in the same plane. Between 2002 and 2006, the building underwent important modifications to modify its use and house homes and offices, maintaining the volumetry and façades.

    1957 - 1974

  • Building of the Botanical Institute of Barcelona CSIC

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Building of the Botanical Institute of Barcelona CSIC

    The Botanical Institute building – a centre dependent on the Superior Council of Scientific Research – is located at the highest point of the Barcelona Botanical Garden on the side of the Montjuic mountain together with the Olympic Ring. The building faces the north-east wing of the garden, the area dedicated to the phytoepisodes of the Western Mediterranean and North Africa, with views over the city of Barcelona. It is structured as a horizontal line that intersects the natural sloping terrain like a hinge between two topographic elevations. In this way, the section allows the different programs to be organizsd with independent access from the back road and from the network of paths in the garden. The Botanical Institute is divided into three different levels according to its program: – A first underground level located in the large concrete vessel that forms the foundations and that contains, with specific air conditioning, the plant deposits, books, the large herbarium, as well as the installations and the small work area both illuminated and ventilated through patios. This plant acts as a structural counterweight to the constructive mechanism of the upper plants; a set of reinforced concrete screens, walls, girders that organise the program and support the intermediate level at the level of the garden and from which the upper floor is suspended at the level of the access platform and rear parking lot. – The multipurpose room and the Salvador Museum, the exhibition area and the cafeteria-restaurant are on the intermediate level, connected to the Botanic Garden’s path network. All of them have access to the garden. – The restricted area intended for scientists; the library, research areas and laboratories and the administration area are on the upper level. The six-metre corridors adapt to the different structural and lighting requests, making up a continuum in which the gusts become more powerful as the topographic fall of the land becomes more pronounced. The construction uses the same materials already present in the construction of the garden; exposed concrete and Corten steel.

    2001 - 2002

  • 2001 - 2005

  • Biomedical Research Centre of Barcelona (PRBB)

    Brullet - De Luna Arquitectes, Manuel Brullet i Tenas, Albert de Pineda i Álvarez

    Biomedical Research Centre of Barcelona (PRBB)

    The Biomedical Research Park is located on the seafront of Barcelona, in an environment characterised by the proliferation of unique buildings. The proposal of a large platform that arranges the site, in a very irregular way, and the placement on top of an elevated building in the shape of a diagonally truncated elliptical cone, has allowed us to tidy up the environment and relate us quietly with the nearest volumes. The elliptical shape arises from the need to adapt a large building (about 35,000 m2 above ground level) to a very tight site with a significantly irregular shape and very different volumes around it. The building is staggered towards the sea, smooths the seafront and adapts to the buildings of the promenade, which in this area have reduced heights and rises at the back, towards the city, because it has enough space. This stepped-to-sea shape makes it easier to locate on the roof of solar panels for the production of hot water and electricity. The interior of the building is emptied to create a new reality, independent from the environment, which will frame and control the sea views and allow to regulate the sun. The structure of the building is blown up about 7 meters around its perimeter. The cladding of the façade is made of natural wood and a light openwork, without touching the floor. This second skin allows good light and energy control of the building.

    2002 - 2007

  • Alícia Foundation

    Clotet, Paricio & Associats, Lluís Clotet i Ballús, Jordi Julián Gené, Ignacio Paricio i Ansuategui

    Alícia Foundation

    El nou edifici es va situar prop de el Monestir de Sant Benet de Bages. El riu Llobregat abraçava allà, amb un gest brusc, uns magnífics camps de cereals i vinyes que van acollir l'imponent monestir romànic i després la fàbrica tèxtil Carbó. Dos monuments del passat que testimoniaven amb gran claredat i força expressiva dos moments brillants de país. El nou edifici no va voler erigir-se com un element que desdibuixés els anteriors ni els tragués protagonisme i va buscar allunyar-se de les seves concepcions arquitectòniques, constructives i geomètriques. Ja en els dibuixos inicials van aparèixer uns traços que no feien referència a tipus edificatoris coneguts, sinó més aviat insinuaven formes mal·leables, pastoses, de geometries amorfes que suggerien adaptació i camuflatge. D'aquesta manera el nou organisme va anar respectant amb facilitat antigues parets, tanques, camins, escales, plantacions ... i adaptant-se als canvis constants d'un programa inconcret que el va obligar a anar canviant de mida, ocupació i altura, arribant fins i tot a abraçar la veïna casa dels antics propietaris en una demostració permanent de la seva gran docilitat i flexibilitat. Un sòl tècnic, un cel ras generós i una planta lliure van reforçar la voluntat que pogués acollir l'imprevisible. L'edifici va pretendre que des de l'interior es visqués l'experiència d'estar en un lloc envoltat per la natura, d'estar dins d'ella, de poder veure els arbres, els ocells i la pluja des de molt a prop. Per aquest motiu el pla vertical que separava interior i exterior es va plantejar totalment vidrat. Una superfície que segons les intensitats de les llums era transparent o reflectant, de manera que de vegades el volum edificat desapareixia i en d'altres s'integrava totalment amb l'entorn en reflectir l'exterior com si d'un mirall es tractés. El control del sol, de la llum i de la intimitat es va aconseguir mitjançant una façana complexa d'un gruix variable que oscil·lava de zero a la zona d'entrada a 13m la zona més ampla. Era una banda definida pel pla vertical de vidre que tancava l'edifici per una banda i per una paret de pràcticament la mateixa altura per l'altre. Aquesta paret va aprofitar trossos d'antics murs de pedra que es van perllongar amb nous murs de formigó i en algunes zones se li van obrir grans finestrals que permetien vistes controlades cap al paisatge. Entre aquests dos plans verticals es van instal·lar umbracles horitzontals situats al mateix nivell que el cel-ras interior i es van plantar arbres per garantir la protecció solar i la qualitat de la llum. Aquesta façana gruixuda i d'amplada variable resolia amb facilitat el compromís entre la forma interior que l'edifici necessitava i la forma exterior que el lloc reclamava, i creava a més un espai intermedi tranquil i enjardinat que perllongava visualment l'espai interior i formava amb ell una unitat indissociable. Uns generosos lluernaris verticals orientats a nord equilibraven la llum en les zones de la planta més allunyades de l'perímetre.

    2006 - 2007

  • 2008

  • Marine Animal Recovery Centre (CRAM)

    Hidalgo Hartmann, Daniela Hartmann, Jordi Hidalgo Tané

    Marine Animal Recovery Centre (CRAM)

    The new facilities of the CRAM Foundation are located at the old Prat de Llobregat golf course in the Equipment Area of the Corredor del Litoral, with a performance area of approximately 20,000m2. The project seeks the balance between the clinical research program and the public program, with the minimum means possible, to ensure that the conditions of the activity become the fundamental elements when defining the architectural and volumetric features of the whole set. This decision pursues an architecture that seeks the equidistant point between its functional condition and its representative condition as a public building. Each of the three buildings that make up the complex expresses in its form the activity that takes place there.

    2007 - 2010

  • 2013

  • ICTA-ICP Research Centre of the UAB

    DataAE, H ARQUITECTES, Claudi Aguiló Aran, Albert Domingo Ollé, David Lorente Ibáñez, Josep Ricart Ulldemolins, Xavier Ros Majó, Roger Tudó Galí

    ICTA-ICP Research Centre of the UAB

    The ICTA-ICP building located on the UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona) campus is a research centre in environmental sciences and paleontology. Consistent with their fields of research, the building's users bet on an ambitious response to sustainability challenges. The building, an isolated volume of five floors of 40x40m and two basements, accommodates the following uses. On the ground floor: lobby, bar, classrooms and administration; on the following 3 floors, offices and laboratories; on the deck, greenhouses and rest areas; in the semi-basement, parking and machine rooms; and in the basement, warehouses and the rest of the laboratories. Both offices and laboratories are uses with a lot of internal load that tend to be hot. The ICTA-ICP has been designed to take advantage of it in winter and to dissipate it in summer. We plan the building as an adaptable and flexible infrastructure to possible changes of use.


  • 2008 - 2016

  • 2016

  • Centre for Comparative Medicine and Bioimaging of Catalonia (CMCiB)

    Calderon-Folch Studio, Pilar Calderon Martínez, Lluís Corbella i Jordi, Marc Folch Hernández, Pol Sarsanedas

    Centre for Comparative Medicine and Bioimaging of Catalonia (CMCiB)

    The Centre for Comparative Medicine and Bioimaging of Catalonia (CMCiB) is a building that houses a first-line scientific research centre. It is a reference equipment based on ethical research criteria, where the technical and functional complexity as well as the comfort features have been solved in an effective, sustainable and sensitive way with the site. The integration into the environment is approached from the implementation of the volume in the topography, the definition of an organic geometry and its materiality. The building is located on a large plot of land bordering the forest area at the highest point of the university campus; this difference in height is used to form a topographical building that links the various levels, articulating the functional program inside and generating the minimum apparent volume on the outside. Thus, the research floors - which require stable climatic conditions - remain hidden under a surface of vegetal covers. The apparent, compact volume with rounded edges as well as the wooden façade, integrate the building into the natural environment of the Marina Mountain Range. The complex functional program and technical requirements are solved thanks to the generation of two levels of access that divide the administrative area from the scientific-technical area. In relation to the users, one of the most important challenges in excellence in scientific research is the consolidation of local talent and the attraction of the international and, for this reason, a building with high comfort features is projected, which they range from the situation of the building to the conformation of bright interior spaces and naturalised atmospheres. Likewise, with the aim of minimising CO2 emissions, bioconstruction systems have been chosen - such as a biospherical façade and a prefabricated structure - and multiple energy efficiency measures.

    2013 - 2018

  • Institut de Recerca i Investigació Sant Pau

    2BMFG Arquitectes, PichArchitects, Teresa Batlle Pagés, Àgata Buxadé i Fortuny, Ramon Ferrando, Carles Gelpí i Arroyo, Felip Pich-Aguilera i Baurier

    Institut de Recerca i Investigació Sant Pau

    Es proposen uns volums de geometria clara i neta que fan de mediadors entre el traçat viari de la ciutat i el recinte hospitalari i posen en relleu el caràcter institucional dels edificis. Es preveu una pell ceràmica, tecnològica i amb una perforació contínua de la mateixa gamma cromàtica que els pavellons històrics de l’hospital modernista. S’han estudiat acuradament els fluxos de relació entre usos, es projecta per a escurçar els recorreguts més freqüents, segregar aquells incompatibles i aportar espais d’interrelació amplis, ben il·luminats, que permetin les trobades entre els diferents equips de treball. Aquestes mesures ens han permès construir menys superfície de la prevista fins i tot mantenint el programa funcional comanda.


  • 2020 - 2022

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