Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site: The Administration Pavilion

Now for the surprise. The interior of that marvellous Administration building which welcomes you to the site. I would imagine that simply walking into this building would immediately lift your senses. As for working here…

The magnificent staircase that leads up from the impressive foyer is a perfect example of the relationship between architecture and decoration.

The small cupola over the stairs is a stained glass skylight that fulfils one of the principles of Modernism: that of assigning a prominent role to light and colour. Something that Domènech i Montaner was master of.

The ceiling is made up of nine vaults resting on stone and marble columns. All the vaults are clad in pink-lilac rectangular tiles, arranged like sprigs.

The central vault features emblems of Barcelona and Catalonia, the cross of Barcelona Cathedral and the cross of Saint Jordi.

You can go up that magnificent staircase, where you will find a corridor of glass and stained-glass windows and a particularly dramatic hall where the ceramics and the stonework leave you with your mouth open.

You could spend a lot of time simply admiring the craftsmanship in this hall.

This is the last of my series on the Art Nouveau site. I do hope I haven’t bored you all, but it is a fascinating and very rare example of that style of architecture and it is admirable that the work carried out has been done to meet three fundamental criteria: recover the original constructions designed by Domènech i Montaner, transform the pavilions in to functional work spaces and apply sustainability and energy saving parameters.


Source: All the information in these Sant Pau posts is taken from the admission booklet. 

How to get there:
Metro: L5 Sant Pau / Dos de Maig or L2 to Sagrada Familia and walk up Avenue de Gaudi
Bus: H8, 19, 20, 45, 47, 50, 51, 92, 117, 192

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Heyjude

I now live back in the UK, but spent several years travelling the world and then living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

25 thoughts on “Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site: The Administration Pavilion”

  1. My jaw dropped! I’ve never seen a more beautiful building. If we go halves do you think we could afford to buy a room? I’ll let you pick 🙂 Absolutely stunning, Jude! Thank you so much.

  2. Superb photos and a fitting grand finale to your enchanted and enchanting series. Imagine working there – could you ever become desensitised?? The ceramics and stonework are supremely beautiful.

    1. I imagine that you do stop noticing your surroundings after a bit. Or at least take them for granted. I understand this building was also used for housing students at one time.

  3. So beautiful. I’m sorry I missed this. Just returned from Barcelona and did not have enough days to see it all. Something for next time. 🙂

  4. oh my . . . .almost unbelievable to think administrators and students were once housed here. Puts modern office buildings and hospitals to shame. I’d certainly have a spring in my step if I had worked here.

  5. It’s hard to believe that the interior of this building is even more spectacular than the outside! Just looking at the photos is jaw-dropping, so I can imagine that walking through those halls would be almost overwhelming …. where to look next?!!

    1. I guess all Art Nouveau architecture is OTT, but that’s what I like about it – all the arts and crafts workmanship going on, how nature is combined with the design. And the colours and materials used. They don’t make buildings like this any more.

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