During our latest visit to Barcelona we had the good fortune to be able to take a tour of the newly renovated Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona, a Modernista’s dream. This complex was built between 1901 and 1930, designed by the Catalan modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. We’re putting together more information about Sant Pau in particular and the Modernistas in general, but thought we would share these photos sooner rather than later.
This is a plan of the hospital complex and some models showing what the administration building and pavilions look like. On the plan, the darker images are what was actually built, the lighter images show the original plan. They had to scale down the plans because of lack of funding.
We began our tour in the tunnels that connect all of the buildings underground. Here is our very knowledgable guide and some photos of the underground tunnels that were used to transport patients between the buildings.
Here are some photos of the main administration building
Here are some photos of the pavilions. Each of these were used for one specific medical purpose, but all connected through the underground tunnels.
The architectural details were beautiful. Notice the repeated use of animals and plants. The architect believed that the patients would heal more quickly in an atmosphere of nature. This philosophy was extended to the open areas between the buildings that were planted with flowers, trees, and medicinal plants.
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