The United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) is located in the Sant Manuel Pavilion of the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site. A major Modernist Site in the world, designed by the architect Lluis Domènech i Montaner, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. Constructed between 1902 and 1930, the 12 pavilions that form the Site housed the Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital for nearly a century, one of the most modern hospitals of its time. In 2009, the working hospital was shifted in order to facilitate the rehabilitation of the Historic Site. This constitutes one of Europe’s major projects for the restoration of heritage.

UNU-GCM is located in the Sant Manuel Pavilion, which was built in 1925 under the direction of Pere Domènech i Roura, the son of Lluis Domènech i Montaner, who took over the project following his father’s demise.


Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site
c/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167
08025 Barcelona

Tel: +34 93 5565991

The Sant Manuel Pavilion, which once housed services in general and gastric surgery, has been rehabilitated to enable new forms of usage and also to recover its artistic and heritage value. Víctor Argentí, the architect in charge of the restoration, has put emphasis on the recovery of the original dimensions of of this building with its surface area of 2.300 m2. Thanks to this process, and with financial support from the European Fund for Regional Development (FEDER), the Sant Manuel Pavilion is now a functional building, reflecting its heritage value and also equipped with the utmost consideration for energy efficiency and sustainability.

For more information on the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, please write to: recintemodernista@santpau.cat