Preservation Watch: Restored Art Nouveau Hospital is Awash in Floral Tiles

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, by Rachel B. Doyle
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Comprised of 48 buildings decorated in exuberant colors and floral tiles, Barcelona’;s Hospital de Sant Pau is known as the largest hospital complex in a modernist style. Designed by the Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner starting in 1901, the colorful art nouveau hospital was not finished until 1930, and is considered a masterpiece of early 20th-century Spanish architecture. Domènech i Montaner believed that sick people would heal better if they were surrounded by beauty. The imaginatively designed building, which was inscribed on Unesco’;s World Heritage List in 1997, was a functional hospital until 2003, but recently underwent a major renovation and restoration to transform it into a museum and cultural center.

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· Sant Pau Renovation Brings Art Nouveau to Life in Barcelona [Design Boom]
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