More Catalan Architectural Gems to be Listed

According to a report in elPeriódico, the Catalan government has proposed classifying 438 buildings from the 19thand 20thcenturies as assets of national or local interest (up from only 81 today).

The proposal would redress the disproportionate representation of the Modernista movement on the existing list: Gaudí, Montaner, and Cadafalch account for 30 of the 81 works listed today.

Currently, buildings from 1850 to the present with protection as a Cultural Asset of National Interest include 36 corresponding to Modernism, 17 to Noucentisme, nine to Rationalism and none to Postmodernism or the School of Barcelona.

The new list aims to protect 130 works of the School of Barcelona, including the Olympic buildings.

Under the new list 141 buildings from 1981 to 2000 would be protected, 150 from pre-war Rationalism and post-war Rationalism, 43 buildings aligned to Postmodernism, 40 in Noucentisme and 37 in Modernism.

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

Yes, it is a hospital, but one that will make you rethink what hospitals should actually look like. Built in the early 1900s, Hospital de la Sant Pau is architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s most important work (though we love the Palau de la Música Catalana as well), and functioned as a hospital until as recently as 2009. What is now the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site is home to a number of workspaces for entities focused on social impact, as well as being a showcase for Montaner’s modernista vision. It’s well worth the visit, and pleasantly uncrowded compared to La Sagrada Familia, which you can see from its entrance.


Palau de la Música Catalana

The stunning headlight skylight at the Palau de la Música Catalana is a highlight

The Palau de la Música Catalana is a spectacular modernista concert hall designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It’s well worth taking a guided tour. Better still, do that and also attend a performance: There’s plenty going on throughout the year, and if the show’s a bit dull there’s always the magnificent stained glass skylight and other architectural details to wonder at.

the auditorium at the Palau de la Música Catalana