Sant Salvador Pavilion Exhibition Rooms. 2017 — Museography

This museum project delves into the history of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau through the figure of its architect, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, and the architectural forms and details that recur throughout his work.

Institutional sponsor: Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau Private Foundation

Location: Barcelona, Catalonia

© Photography: Pepo Segura i Robert Ramos

Lluís Domènech i Montaner was one of the great names of Art Nouveau architecture, along with Antoni Gaudí or Josep Puig i Cadafalch. He was the author of the Palau de la Música Catalana and the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, both declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

The Sant Salvador Pavilion, one of the many buildings located on the hospital site, houses this museographic intervention. The project consists in distributing internal offices and storage spaces, changing the location of the lift and adding new leisure spaces. A new reception visitor reception are was also added, with natural lighting from a new skylight. The basement level houses models of the architectural complex of the Hospital de Sant Pau and a 360-degree projection that situates the building within the context of the history of medicine in Barcelona, since it represented an innovation for the city in 1900.

The upper floor is home to the most unique figure: a spectacular interactive installation in the form of a dragon – a fundamental leitmotif in Art Nouveau architecture, literature and art. As an architect, ideologist and scholar, the creative energy of the artist is like a flame that takes shape in this monumental creature. The panels that give it its shape are curved sheets that reproduce expanded details from his buildings. The locations and photographs of the buildings in question can be searched for on the large clusters of screens, which offer interactive maps. This is all attached to a tubular steel structure in the form of ellipses that also houses the lighting for all the elements and the projections on the walls.

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau Website

Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. 360º audiovisual projection. Circular seat, projection shows four people.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Exhibition on the history of the hospital. Panel with classical paintings. On the background, bust and projection 360º.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Exhibition on the history of the hospital. Panel with text, ceramics and stairs to the left.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Showcases showing old ceramics and building model.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Showcase containing an old building model and panels with pictures of the new building.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Picture of the showcase interior showing the modernist building model. The reflection duplicates the image.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Picture of the showcase interior showing the modernist building model. The reflection duplicates the image.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Showcase with medicine objects, panel with an old picture.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Showcases with medicine objects and old pictures.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Access to the medicine exhibition. Arches on red and yellow painted wall.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Access to the dragon exhibition. Dragon\'s structure illuminated over the pavilion\'s ceramic interior.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner. Ceramic sirens playing in the water.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner. Panel with text.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner. Electronic interactive screens.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner. Electronic interactive screens.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner. Electronic interactive screens.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner. Electronic interactive screens.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner. Palau de la Música\'s stained glass and visitors.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner. Steel inner structure and illumination. Visitors.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner. Projection on the wall and window.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner. Structure, illumination and interactive screens.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner. Interactive screens and visitors.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner. Two pairs of legs poke under the dragon.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Illuminated dragon made of architectonic elements by Domènech i Montaner. View from the sculpture room door.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Sculpture room.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Sculpture room and dragon behind the doorway.
Hospital of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Sculpture room\'s decorated ceiling.