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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, Kálida Sant Pau Center in Barcelona

Designed by Benedetta Tagliabue and Joan Callís of the Catalan firm Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, this pavilion in Barcelona stands beside the Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital, a work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

The building is part of an international network of centers created by the Scottish foundation Maggie's which give support to cancer patients and have been designed by aerchitects of renown, including Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, and Rem Koolhaas.

With welcoming, homey atmospheres conceived by the architect and interior designer Patricia Urquiola, the Kálida Center distributes 400 square meters in two levels and opens out to a garden, blurring the lines between inside and outside. The lower floor is thought out as a fan-like flexible space entered directly from the hospital's oncology unit. The central core is articulated around a double-height dining room where there is a large table and a kitchen.

Built on a budget of 1,850,000 euros, the pavilion draws inspiration from nature and blends into its environment of Catalan Art Nouveau tradition through a green ceramic roof and facades featuring lattices with white enameled pieces.
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