Place: Barcelona. Spain Conclusion: 1993 Surface: 83.000 sqm
The new Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital, with 750 beds, is situated in the corner of the extensive plot occupied by the existing pavilion-type hospital, constructed in 1902-1912 and declared a national monument in 1978. Technological advances and new hospital requirements lead to obsolescence and functional problems in the old pavilions due to the splitting up of all departments. Works carried include the initial study of alternatives, a review of the functional programme, and the sketch design. The proposed building is a semi-sunken, low-rise volume, triangular in plan, with courtyards that recall the sequence of the historic pavilions. The building form and position reinforce the compositional axis of the plot and permit the creation of generous spaces for access and the emergency department.