Rehabilitation of the central pavilion. Modernist entrance in the Sant Pau Hospital.
World Heritage. UNESCO 1997 · Historic and Artistic Monument of National Interest since 1978
Municipal heritage of Barcelona · Cat. A, cap I
Leed Neighborhood Certificate for the Art Nouveau complex
The modernist complex of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau is a paradigm of the hospital architecture of the early twentieth century. The project of Lluís Domènech i Montaner (1902) consisted of an ordered set of isolated pavilions, surrounded by gardens and joined together at the basement level, in a proposal extraordinarily well adapted to its topographic environment and with pavilions of great beauty. The natural environment and architectural beauty had to contribute to the healing of the sick.
This ensemble of pavilions worked as a hospital for almost a century. During this time, and in order to adapt to the changing health conditions of each moment, the buildings underwent gradual transformations until their use as a hospital became incompatible with the conservation of the ensemble of pavilions as a World Heritage Site.
The Central Pavilion is in the center of the gardens and was the Operating Theater Pavilion. In 2009, its original interior had completely disappeared and some of the transformations were reflected on the facades and roofs.
The recovery of the original volume of the building has involved the interior reconstruction of its walls, arches and vaults, the exterior reconstruction of all the roofs, guttering and drainage systems, the consolidation and treatment of the facades, ornamental elements and carpentry, and the structural stabilization of the building. The double-glazing system and skylights that wrapped the original operating rooms have also been recovered.
All the interventions have been made following carefully the criteria of maximum sustainability and respect for the Heritage as it is stipulated in the Master Plan, for which this ensemble has obtained the LEED Neighborhood Certification.