After more than a century as the home of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, an ambitious restoration project following the transfer of all healthcare activities to the new Hospital has restored the cultural and artistic glories of the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, the most important work of Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
With this transformation, the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, in which history and innovation go hand in hand, has become a new point of reference in the city of Barcelona. Sant Pau hosts several resident organisations working in the fields innovation, sustainability, health and culture, among others. In addition to running their own programmes and projects in the Site, these organisations undertake joint initiatives geared to finding meaningful responses to the challenges facing society in the twenty-first century.
The restoration of the Modernista pavilions, which were declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997, has provided the starting point for an active cultural programme whose main objective is to further our appreciation of this treasure of European Art Nouveau. Lluís Domènech i Montaner and his contribution to the Modernista movement, together with the institutional and heritage value of Sant Pau and its contribution to medicine are the key elements of this programme.
In addition, with the recovery of the Art Nouveau complex, part of the Administration Pavilion has been converted into a venue for meetings and events. With a capacity for over 600 people, its splendid interiors are an ideal setting for corporate meetings, courses, conferences, presentations and so on.
The Administration Pavilion also houses the Historical Archive of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, one of the most important collections of hospital documentation in the world today, which includes historic books and documents from the fifteenth to the twentieth century.
The Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site belongs to the Hospital Santa Creu i Sant Pau Private Foundation, which is made up of the Chapter of Barcelona Cathedral, Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat de Catalunya. The governing body of the institution, founded in 1401, is the Very Illustrious Administration.