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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

    Josep Buxareu i Gallart, Josep Mas i Vila

    Santa Caterina Market

    The Santa Caterina market’s site is the result of the superimposition of numerous historical strata dating from the Bronze Age, with a necropolis of which there are still some remains. The first market was built in the 19th century on the ruins of a monastic structure, and the last intervention aims to mend the structural and organisational deficits of the old market. The project is based on the overlap between the old and the new, from a conception of action that seeks to establish a continuity with this series of historical overlaps. The number of stops is reduced and power lines are created inside, creating new connections between the surrounding streets. The new roof overlaps the old perimeter factory and recovers its image from neighbouring houses, while being based on a structural principle of stable fragility.

    1844 - 1848

  • Born Market

    Josep Maria Cornet i Mas, Josep Fontserè i Mestre

    Born Market

    El Born Market is a key part of the urbanisation plan that gave rise to Ciutadella Park when it was demolished in the mid-19th century. A series of long and narrow islands are arranged parallel to the direction of the park and deliver it against the Ribera district. The heart of the intervention is a public square flanked by Mercat del Born (Barcelona's wholesale market). The original market was conceived as a covered square with a very light roof, the work of Josep Maria Cornet i Mas. This roof has the shape of a cross inscribed on the perimeter of the market, formed by asymmetrical gabled arms with skylights on the ridge, raised in relation to other groups of identical roofs. There is an octagonal dome with a lantern in the cross. The enclosures of the market are opaque up to half height and remain covered (as are the jumps between roofs) by a metal blind, almost a mesh, which introduces a nuanced, almost religious light. The market was abandoned in 1971 and survives abandoned during the Olympic Games. When, finally, it was intended to house the Provincial Library of Barcelona, its architects, Enric Sòria and Rafael de Cáceres, found the remains of the old neighbourhood of La Ribera in an optimal state of conservation. Currently, the building is still under construction to house part of the Museum of the History of the City which will deal with the preservation of these ruins under the structure of the archaeologically restored market. The new intervention has perimeter platforms that will allow a view of the ruins while keeping the space of the roundabout intact. The museum programme will be housed in cubicles arranged in the square. The entire intervention will be public and will restore the character of a square that Mediterranean markets have.

    1873 - 1876

  • Sant Antoni Market

    Josep Maria Cornet i Mas, Antoni Rovira i Trias

    The Sant Antoni market is located outside the gate of the wall that bore its name, on a spontaneous market that exists outside the walls and adjacent to what used to be the Madrid road (now Mistral Avenue). Rovira i Trias, who lost the competition for the Eixample district in Barcelona, takes over Ildefons Cerdà’s winning proposal by arranging, in the middle of the whole square that the market occupies, a dome in the form of a covered square, designed in collaboration with Josep M. Cornet i Mas and with analogous dimensions to those of a junction of the Eixample. Four symmetrical pavilions face the chamfers, as arranging them turned ninety degrees from the direction of the streets (i.e., diagonally) allows them to reach the maximum inscribable length on a square. The perimeter of the square is closed and the spaces between the fence and the façades of the market are treated as yards for unloading goods. Leaning on this perimeter fence, a perimeter canopy is set up where a well-known foreign market takes place. There you can find everything on Sunday mornings, and it is a sight to behold and a place to take in the city. The refurbishment has two underground floors under the archeologically restored market, with the refurbished stalls. Excavations for the site have uncovered remains of the bastion of the wall, which have been incorporated into the project. It demolishes the perimeter fence, preserving the canopy to open the old courtyards of goods and turn them into public squares. One of these depresses an entire floor to allow access to the remains of the bastion and becomes an access to a new commercial plinth. The refurbishment will show the whole of the perfectly restored old market and will value its side façades, which were initially closed, a service architecture that has been dignified over the years. The new architecture will strengthen the civic character and, at the same time, enhance the historical memory of the place.

    1872 - 1882

  • La Barceloneta Market

    Antoni Rovira i Trias

    The market refurbishment is motivated by its outdated nature from a programmatic point of view. The new market incorporates a hospitality school, office space and some restaurants, in addition to two parking floors and the arrangement of two new spaces on the two main façades. The refurbishment chooses to place the new pieces of the program suspended from the roof, forming a series of variable sections and using the same profiles of the old structure. Thus, the life of the old market can continue regardless of the new additions. The accesses from both squares are also modified, in order to favour the recreational activities that take place there. The result of the intervention are bodies added to the periphery of the old structure, which allow a new image to be generated and reflect its added character to a space and activities that continue to exist as before.


  • Mercat de Tortosa

    Joan Abril i Guanyabens

    Mercat de Tortosa

    Sota la seva aparent elementalitat (nau única coberta amb teulada a doble vessant) s'amaga una obra d'execució atrevida i brillant, doncs s'ha de tenir en compte que s'assenta en terrenys guanyats al riu. En aquest sentit s'ha de destacar l'enginy de l'estructura que suporta la coberta, dissenyada per Joan Torras i Guardiola. També conegut com " l'Eiffel català ", Torras disposa 14 encavallades de ferro laminat i perfil parabòlic, que no provoquen empentes laterals. D'aquesta manera s'aconsegueix salvar una llum de 27 m mantenint l'espai interior diàfan. Tradicionalment s'ha atribuït l'autoria del Mercat a Joan Abril.

    1884 - 1887

  • 1887 - 1888

  • 1888

  • 1889

  • Mercat Municipal de Sitges

    Gaietà Buïgas i Monravà

    Mercat Municipal de Sitges

    Edifici situat al nucli més antic de Sitges, al costat de la Casa de la Vila. Es tracta d'una construcció d'una sola nau amb coberta a dues vessants. La façana de maó vist , és de composició simètrica i presenta com a element més remarcable la marquesina de ferro de l'entrada. En el seu origen , el mercat era aïllat; posteriorment es va afegir un nou cos que el va unir amb altres edificacions. L'edifici del mercat de Sitges, primera construcció en ferro de la vila. Va ser projectat i L'edifici del mercat de Sitges, primera construcció en ferro de la vila. Va ser projectat i dirigit per l'arquitecte municipal Gaietà Buigas i Monravà , i es la primera obra sitgeriana L'edifici del mercat de Sitges, primera construcció en ferro de la vila. Va ser projectat i d'aquest arquitecte. Els plànols daten de l'any 1889. La subhasta de les obres fou adjudicada a Pere Ferran per 24.700 ptas. La inauguració oficial del mercat és va fer el 15 d'agost del 1890. De l'any 1891 es conserven encara els dibuixos originals de la marquesina de ferro colat de l'entrada, realitzats també per Gaietà Buïgas. L'any 1935 s'hi van fer obres d'engrandiment

    1889 - 1890

  • El Rengle Market

    Josep Puig i Cadafalch

    El Rengle Market

    Civil construction with a longitudinal rectangular plan covered by a flat roof, in the centre of which a barrel vault that occupies its entire length rises. It consists of a central corridor and a row of sales stalls on each side, and on the outside there are also stops. The stalls are separated by cast iron columns that support the roof. The set stands out especially for its vault, which also serves as ventilation once the stalls are closed. The front façades and the plinth of the building are clad in marble, and the interior of the building is decorated with glazed ceramics with tiles that form stripes of colours that make it more noticeable. The market was designed by the architect from Mataró Emili Cabanyes, and opened on the 5th of June, 1892. A year later, Josep Puig i Cadafalch designed and executed the remodelling of the roof, which gave its current appearance. In 1979, it was restored by the architects Isidre Molsosa and Montserrat Torres. It is a very characteristic building in Mataró which receives the popular name of "the train" due to its elongated shape. For the same reason, it is also popularly known as "the line" or "the tram".


  • 1893

  • Meat Market

    autoria desconeguda

    The Meat Market is located in Plaça de l'Oli, in the corner with Plaça de la Vall del Castell. It is a public building between partitions consisting of a ground floor under an Arabic tile roof. The windows are lowered arches and the entrance portals are semi-circular arches. The composition is symmetrical, the language used in the work is eclectic and the material used is exposed brick. The market was built in 1882 on the site where the Old Theatre (built in 1817, with a capacity for around six hundred people) had been demolished in 1873. This Municipal Theatre occupied part of Plaça de l'Oli, and when the market was built, this space was recovered.

    second half of the 19th century

  • Chicken and Giblets Market

    Santiago Güell i Grau

    Public building with a single nave and between partitions. It is on the corner with Muralla dels Vellets Street. It has an Arabic tile roof which is a pavilion with a lantern. There are two accesses to the chamfers, with steps. The walls are ordered by horizontal and vertical bands of exposed brick, a material also used in the door and windowsills. The project for the Chicken and Giblets Market, carried out by the architect Santiago Güell, was presented on September 25, 1911. In 1912, the auction for the building was held and in December 1913 it was officially inaugurated. It houses the Archive and the House-Museum of the Festa Major de Vilafranca.


  • 1912

  • 1898 - 1913

  • 1913

  • 1914

  • Tarragona Central Market

    Josep Maria Pujol de Barberà

    Tarragona Central Market

    El mercat central de Tarragona va ser construït originalment en una zona despoblada de l’eixample. Té una superfície de 2.400 metres quadrats i ocupa una sola planta. La nau central està coberta per una gran volta de fibrociment. Les cantonades i els centres de les façanes queden ressaltats per unes grans obertures que permeten l’entrada de llum natural a través d’unes grans persianes. L’estructura, que queda vista a l’interior, és de columnes de forja i cintres metàl·liques. Pujol de Barberà concep l’edifici aplicant-hi la inventiva pròpia dels nous corrents modernistes, si bé amb la contenció historicista pròpia de la seva condició de restaurador.

    1911 - 1915

  • 1925

  • 1926

  • Arenys Market

    Ignasi Mas Morell

    Arenys Market

    Large exposed brick and stone construction, with a staircase and a curved entrance porch. Deck with iron horses. Interior of a single nave divided into three streets - as many as entrance doors - to facilitate the compartmentalisation of the stops. In the centre, where Carrer de les Margarides would cross the premises, the fish stalls are set up in a roundabout. The side windows provide lighting. Large central window on the façade at floor level, above the porch. Ornamentation with tiles and mouldings on the stone elements located on the plinth, at the beginning of the entrance arches and on the pinnacles. Postmodernist work. It is located in a central place in La Riera, near the church square, it stands out from the whole because of its size and the empty porch, despite following the same façade alignment of the neighbouring houses. In recent years, the municipal broadcasting station was installed on the empty porch, on the first floor.


  • Mercat Central de Sabadell

    Josep Renom i Costa

    Mercat Central de Sabadell

    Mercat format per la planta semisoterrani, que allotja el magatzem, i la planta pis, amb el mercat, accessible per quatre punts situats als vèrtexs (un d'ells coronat per una cúpula). La coberta està formada per diferents plans inclinats que deixen entre ells les obertures que il·luminen l'interior. El mercat tenia un disseny acurat: el projecte contemplava els diferents tipus de parades segons la seva utilització (fruita, carn o peix) i la seva situació, així com els diferents elements que les configuraven (revestiments, llums, numeració, posacistells, etc.). L'interior ha sofert un progressiu procés de transformació, perdent-se el seu caràcter unitari original. L'obra es va iniciar el novembre de 1928 en l'anomenat "Pla de Sang". Aquest emplaçament era el previst pel Pla de Reforma i Eixample de J. Renom-Manich.

    1927 - 1930

  • 1932

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