Barcelona, Spain’s Hospital de Sant Pau was built over the course of 30 years beginning in 1901, designed by modernist architect Lluís Doménech i Montaner. A shining example of the art nouveau style, the building attained status as a UNESCO World Heritage site in the late-90s and treated its final patients in 2009.
After being closed for a 5-year-long renovation process with costs estimated as high as €107 million, the hospital re-opened in February last year to visits by tourists. The public at large is now free to study an essential building in the art nouveau canon, with its barrel-vaulted ceilings that display some incredible tile work. The Catalan News Agency reported the site is also the home for institutions such as the United Nations UN-Habitat and the European Forest Institute.
The hospital was photographed recently by David Cardelus, according to DesignBoom, which states:
“the architectural photographer says the site was ‘projected as ‘a city within the city’ like a sum up of widely spaced colorful pavilions, well ventilated and oriented and surrounded by gardens intended to help the sick to get better sooner.’ this can be seen through each composition, as intricate details of the art nouveau style are explored.”
More of Cardelus’ photographs follow.
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