From the 25th of February to the 16th of March the recently restored complex is offering three weeks of open days for visits by the general public
The modernist complex located on the site of the former Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau will celebrate its official inauguration on the 24th of February. The complex has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997 and is the most important sites of this particular architectural style in Europe, covering an area of 13 hectares, the equivalent of nine blocks of the Eixample district of Barcelona.
Master architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner began construction of the complex in 1902, though it was his son who finally completed the project in 1930, seven years after the architect’s death. At the time, the twelve pavilions and their accompanying landscaped gardens housed the Santa Creu i Sant Pau hospital, a complex with a history of more than six hundred years. Each building was dedicated to a specific medical speciality and the design of the complex as a whole was intended to encourage industry, research and contemplation.
The buildings currently house a number of international institutions dedicated to healthcare, sustainability and education, much along the lines of the United Nations Institute of Globalisation, Culture and Mobility, Casa Asia or the World Health Organisation, among many others.
Since 2009, architect Frederic Crespo has been coordinating the restoration of the complex and in celebration of the completion of the project the complex is offering three weeks of free open days for visitors from the 25th of February to the 16th of March from 11 am to 6 pm.
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