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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

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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


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico


Arxiu Mas


Basílica de la Sagrada Família


Museu del Disseny de Barcelona


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edittio Nubilum

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  • UB Historic Building

    Elies Rogent Amat

    UB Historic Building

    The University of Barcelona is one of the first buildings to be arranged in the plot designed by Cerdà. Its genesis, however, is older, because Rogent designed several projects for the University in different locations inside the old town that had to return from Cervera to Barcelona after Philip V took it from the city in retaliation for the events of 1714. The final configuration leaves a 130-metre façade on the Gran Via, asymmetrical with respect to Universitat Square, in the middle of two blocks of the Eixample (with a 220-metre front) that it does not fill. The building follows the tradition of the great European universities: two courtyards, one for Science and the one for Humanities, which are completely symmetrical and are separated by a central body with a very powerful marble staircase leading to a beautiful auditorium located above the lobby. The urbanisation of the area, which makes the building adapt to the Cerdà plot, was carried out in the 1930s by architects linked to the GATCPAC. On the short sides, facing Aribau and Balmes streets, there are a series of buildings that prevent the full view of the side façades. The building is built in neo-Romanesque style, with a sober, powerful, severe stone façade, built with beautifully preserved ashlars. The interior spaces are of great beauty and the cloisters still retain their original life and still house several schools linked to the current University of Barcelona. Visiting the building means seeing it through the eyes of today's students who, thanks to its flexibility, can continue to use it with the same freshness of the first day. The sequence of spaces formed by the access lobby, made of worked and exposed stone, and some interesting enough vaults that support the Auditorium and the staircase to access it, is particularly recommended. A visit to either of the two cloisters is also recommended.

    1859 - 1873

  • Casa Porcalla

    Francesc Salvat i Juncosa

    Casa Porcalla

    Gran casal construït sobre les restes encara notables i ciclòpies de la porta Rufina baiximperial (s. iii dC), d’opus quadratum de pedra arenosa i amb forma de baioneta, que controlà l’accés sud de la ciutat, a les cotes altes, fins al s. xii. La casa es projecta en estil isabelí, en la línia del neoclassicisme romàntic. A causa del veïnat conventual pel sud, la galeria de dos ordres d’arcs se situa a llevant. El 2008, l’edifici té usos confessionals i transitòriament universitaris.


  • Diocesan Seminary

    Celestí Campmany

    El projecte aborda la remodelació i l’ampliació de l’antic Seminari Diocesà, un edifici beauxartià d’estil neogòtic, per tal d’incorporar-hi les dependències del rectorat de la Universitat de Lleida i quatre noves facultats. La intervenció parteix de la lectura del vell edifici i planteja una continuïtat compositiva amb els seus trets bàsics. L’edifici del seminari s’estructura al voltant de dos grans patis, separats pel cos de la capella. El cos de la capella és subdividit en alçària i acull la cafeteria i la sala d’actes. Al mateix eix d’aquest cos s’emplacen la sala de graus i la biblioteca. A la part posterior, després d’enderrocar uns afegits construïts als anys quaranta, es disposen, en forma de pinta, les quatre noves facultats, que queden directament connectades amb els claustres, els quals continuen funcionant com els principals elements de distribució.


  • 1901

  • Can Bordoi

    Marcel·lí Coquillat i Llofriu

    Can Bordoi

    Noucentista complex by Marcel·lí Coquillat located around a farmhouse from the 16th - 18th centuries. The farmhouse is a three-bay building with a double-sloped roof and ridge perpendicular to the façade with an added body at the back covered with a double slope and off-centre ridge. It has a ground floor, main floor and attic with a symmetrical composition of the openings. The portal, located in the centre, is vaulted and accessed via a five-step semicircular staircase. It is accompanied on both sides by two stone windows, the one on the right is molded and has a sill. On the first floor two molded stone windows open on each side with a central balcony covered with a small gabled roof and an almond-shaped sundial. In the attic you can see three openings of recent manufacture. To the right of the farmhouse, we can find the 19th century tower. It is a quadrangular building with a built-up roof. In the central part a square lookout tower stands with a roof on four sides and watchtowers at the top crowned with pinnacles. A glazed gallery of undulating shapes protrudes from the main facade, which is accessed by a staircase of eight semicircular steps. The roof constitutes the balcony of the first floor. On the east façade, a semicircular body protrudes, the roof of which serves as a balcony with a side opening. The rest of the openings combine rectangular and compound shapes. A rectangular body is attached to the rear façade which serves as a first-floor terrace. The wide wooden eaves crowned by an acroterium at the top of the ridge should be highlighted. To the left of the farmhouse there are the stables. It is a double building with a U-shaped front body with a ground floor covered on one side. On one of the sides a polygonal tower stands with a pavilion roof. In the centre, a large wooden door covered with a gabled roof gives way to an L-shaped rear body covered with gables with the ridge running parallel to the façade. In the north corner there is a second tower with similar characteristics to that of the previous body but with a circular plan. All these structures are located on a terrace delimited by masonry walls covered with stone and crowned by a balustrade of wavy shapes. The east side of the wall is crowned by a profusely decorated wrought iron trellis. In the north-eastern corner of the enclosure there is a viewpoint with a circular plan which is accessed by a staircase attached to the wall that takes the form of a curve. It is made with the same construction equipment as the fence, covered with a metal structure in the form of a pergola with a tiled roof placed in the form of scales. Outside the complex there is the chapel, which is part of a garden area. It is a single nave building with a gabled roof preceded by a large porch of lesser height and a gabled roof with a large central opening of a semi-circular arch and buttresses at the corners. At the back there is the apse, pentagonal in plan and lower in height with a composite roof. Can Bordoi is a farmhouse documented in the 13th century. It is mentioned in the 1553 census as "en Bordoy". The noucentista work is a commission from Josep Comas i Masferrer (1842 - 1908), a Catalan industrialist and politician, founder of the Monarch Liberal Circle, deputy and provincial senator for Barcelona and president of the Barcelona City Council. It is believed that the building was built by the architect Marcel·lí Coquillat, because there is a plan of an architectural element of the garden not built but signed by him. The whole set is of a stylistic homogeneity that suggests a single author.


  • 1913 - 1914

  • 1914 - 1923

  • 1928 - 1929

  • 1929

  • Facultat de Nàutica

    Adolf Florensa i Ferrer, Joaquim Vilaseca Rivera

    Facultat de Nàutica

    La Facultat de Nàutica es troba ubicada al Pla de Palau, a l'inici del barri de la Barceloneta. Es tracta d'un edifici aïllat i de planta quadrangular, consistent en una àmplia planta baixa destinada a serveis i administració del centre, per sobre hi ha dues plantes i al capdamunt un terrat pla. Cadascun de les quatre façanes compta amb un accés amb escalinata de poc desenvolupament, que donen pas a sengles pòrtics de grans dimensions sense frontó flanquejats per columnes toscanes. Per sobre, els dos pisos presenten petites diferències en els volums, però poc ressenyables, amb grans obertures amb balconada les centrades i amb balcó sense voladís les dels costats. Algunes de les obertures de la primera planta presenten un frontó no decorat, les del segon pis no en tenen i presenten un senzill arc escarser. Els buits sense obertures estan ocupats per pilastres llises, amb capitell les del centre i estriades les dels cossos laterals. Corona les façanes un prominent ràfec i per sobre una balustrada de pedra. La coberta de l'edifici és plana, excepte per una llanterna de vidre que s'obre damunt del centre de la planta baixa. Als extrems de les façanes laterals i posterior, unes pilastres de carreus de pedra sobresortints del pla de façana s'eleven per sobre de la balustrada del terrat i acaben en templets amb cupulí semiesfèric, delimitats per quatre frontons triangulars. L'interior està resolt amb una planta baixa lliure, generada per un pati central ovalat, il·luminat per la gran llanterna, al voltant del qual s'organitzen les dependències dels pisos superiors. Del pati arrenca, pel costat sud, l'escalinata, que accedeix a una galeria altell a cada pis, la qual fa d'espai de distribució de les aules; per mitjà d'una llotja de tres arcs, de clares ressonàncies italianes, hom introdueix a la galeria del primer pis. Tant a la planta baixa com a l'escalinata hi ha vitralls emplomats policromats de notable artisticitat. El que presideix l'escala representa una caravel·la, amb un àngel al davant, i porta la data 1932, però no la signatura de l'autor. Ocupat per milícies antifeixistes durant la Guerra Civil, després s'hi va instal·lar l' Escola de la Marina Mercant de la Mediterrània. Entre 1936 i 1939 l'escola va tenir adscrit un vaixell escola, el President Macià, que era l'antic iot Rosa VV del Comte de Godó. Des de l'any 1990 forma part de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), com a Facultat de Nàutica de Barcelona

    1930 - 1933

  • 1926 - 1934

  • 1927 - 1934

  • 1931 - 1934

  • Seminari Nou de Vic

    Lluís Bonet i Garí

    Seminari Nou de Vic

    Edifici religiós. Seminari de planta gairebé en forma de creu amb els braços més prims, la façana és orientada a migdia i presenta una mena d'atri format per arcuacions d'arc de mig punt a manera de porxo i coronat per un frontó triangular amb una creu al damunt. Consta de planta baixa i dos pisos, els quals són marcats horitzontalment per unes impostes, les obertures són rectangulars llevats del primer pis de la façana que són d'arc de mig punt. És cobert amb teula aràbiga a diverses vessants. Cal remarcar les torres de planta quadrada que s'eleven sobre els braços amples de l'edifici, són llanternes als ulls de l'escala, simètriques i amb arcades semicirculars al pis superior, són cobertes de forma piramidal. Està envoltat d'espais esportius i s'hi arriba a través d'un ampli espai enjardinat. L'estat de conservació és bo. Seminari que fou construït entre 1944 i 1947 amb l'església que fou inaugurada l'any 1963. Aquest seminari venia a substituir el del carrer Sant Just que havia quedat petit, és construí en l'eixample de la ciutat que es realitzà a principis de segle estenent-se cap a Santa Clara de la Vella fins al turó del Seminari. Actualment amb la minva vocació eclesiàstica el mateix edifici s'utilitzi com escola privada essent una extensió del col·legi de Sant Miquel dels Sants.

    1944 - 1947

  • 1955

  • Laboral University of Tarragona

    Josep Maria Monravà i López, Luis Peral Buesa, Antoni Pujol i Sevil, Manuel Sierra Nava, Antonio de la Vega Martínez

    Laboral University of Tarragona

    El projecte de les universitats laborals respon a la iniciativa de l’aleshores ministre de Treball, José Antonio Girón de Velasco, per tal de “formar, a més d’obrers tècnicament millors, homes de cap a peus, capacitats per a totes les conteses de la intel·ligència, ensinistrats per a les batalles de l’esperit...”. La primera que es va fer fou la de Gijón, i tot seguit es varen construir les de Sevilla i Tarragona. Per a aquesta darrera es van escollir dues finques anomenades mas de la Pineda i mas de Palau, que sumaven un total de 150 hectàrees situades a tres quilòmetres de Tarragona. La construcció resultant és el fruit de l’evolució de tres propostes, que parteixen d’una clara separació de les funcions en una organització general que recorda un enclavament urbà. La versió definitiva queda diferenciada en tres parts, que van anar a càrrec de cadascun dels arquitectes autors: els dormitoris i el menjador —units per galeries subterrànies—, les aules i els tallers. Aquesta disposició per parts clarament separades obeeix a la intenció d’estendre el conjunt i obligar els estudiants a recórrer certes distàncies entre les seves activitats, igual que en un emplaçament urbà.

    1951 - 1956

  • 1954 - 1957

  • Institute of Superior Business Studies (IESE)

    Juan Ignacio de la Vega Aguilar, Joan Rius i Camps

    Institute of Superior Business Studies (IESE)

    IESE is part of the University of Navarra and offers training programs for entrepreneurs at three levels: senior company management, divisional level, and departmental level. The program is conditioned by the special pedagogical method of the institute, based on the preparation of "cases", which requires several hours of preparation in small groups. The structure is metallic, with built-in nodes to achieve greater slenderness in the girders and pillars. There are only pillars on the façade, and they are separated every 2.12 m to facilitate alternating between large and small offices. This reduced module increases the flexibility of interior division and allows the pillars to be thinner, serving as uprights for the carpentry. On the façade, horizontal bands of glass are combined with bands of white artificial stone, which serve as a sill. To avoid the guttering, some lead pipes have been embedded that pour rainwater into small brass gargoyles attached to the pillars, and some windows have been replaced by light gray vitrified metal plates in certain areas that required greater enclosure.

    1957 - 1958

  • Faculty of Law of the UB

    Giráldez - López Iñigo - Subías Arquitectes, Guillermo Giráldez Dávila, Pedro López Iñigo, Xavier Subías i Fages

    Faculty of Law of the UB

    The configuration of the building adopts clarity and economy based on the short term imposed by the drafting of the project and its construction. Discrimination between teaching and representative purposes is reflected in the composition of two bodies. The body of the classroom, with two floors, is located concurrently to Diagonal Avenue, with three courtyards in the centre. The body that houses the administrative and study purposes has five floors and is located in a perpendicular direction. The ground floor, which only contains classrooms at the back, communicates both bodies in a single circulation space. The structure of the whole building, made of laminated steel, forms a regular module of 6.20 x 3.84 metres, which doubles in the rooms that require more surface. The building applies constructive economy criteria that renew the guidelines applied in Catalonia by the first generation of modern architects.

    1958 - 1959

  • 1959 - 1960

  • UB School of Business Studies

    Francisco Javier Carvajal Ferrer, Rafael García de Castro Peña

    UB School of Business Studies

    The project addresses the location of a large university faculty within the framework of the urban planning created by Diagonal Avenue and the emergence of the architectural modernity of those years. The program is distributed according to the structural easements. The large classrooms and the function hall are located on the ground floor, in order to avoid vertical mechanical movements. These spaces receive light zenithally through spherical skylights. The smallest and most scattered rooms are housed in a longitudinal block of five floors, with a regular and modulated structure: 12 metres of light from façade to façade, and modules of 3 metres in transverse direction, which generate a repeated window in both ends. The large surface taken up by the ground floor is attenuated by light courtyards located between the classrooms and the corridors, which organise all the circulations through an annular configuration.

    1955 - 1961

  • 1961

  • Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB - UPC)

    Robert Terradas i Via

    Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB - UPC)

    The complex is part of the Diagonal university campus, which is an area that is very permeable to the city and brings together some faculties of the UPC (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) and the UB (University of Barcelona). The project is made up of a series of parallel and perpendicular bars, most of them with two and three floors, which house administrative and research purposes. Among these buildings, two towers stand out, joined by a central body that houses the classrooms. The fronts of all these buildings are opaque and the lateral façades are made of curtain walls. The two main towers are located perpendicular to Diagonal Avenue and due to their size they become an outstanding element of the urban landscape. As a singular element, it is worth highlighting the access canopy to the faculty, which is a large horizontal plane, with a very accentuated cantilever that generates a welcoming space on an urban scale. The entire casing is made of steel. The towers were built with rolled steel frames, with Vierendel girders from side to side, without pillars, and a semi-beam with drop-down trusses was used. The laboratories and the nuclear reactor are in the rear pavilions, built with reinforced concrete.

    1960 - 1964

  • 1962 - 1966

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