Kálida Sant Pau Centre opened in 2019, as part of Maggie’s Centres program. It is a space of emotional, social, and practical support for cancer patients and the people around them. It is a home open to everyone, where qualified professionals offer their help. A house to meet other people, a house where to find a quiet retreat or to have a cup of tea.

It is a unique building, the first in Spain of its genre, composed of a 400m2 pavilion opened to a garden. It is located inside the Modernist complex of Sant Pau Hospital, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The project develops the therapeutic and psychological dimension of architecture integrated with the landscape, to support the communities and to generate common spaces where to share their emotions and experiences. The architect Benedetta Tagliabue has poured out her own experience in the design of the building, after directly living the disease process of her husband Enric Miralles.

Architects: Benedetta Tagliabue, Joan Callís. Interior design: Patricia Urquiola Studio.

Benedetta Tagliabue is the director of international architecture firm Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, founded in 1994 in collaboration with Enric Miralles, based in Barcelona, Shanghai and Paris.

Among her most notable projects built are the Scottish Parliament, Diagonal Mar Park and Santa Caterina market in Barcelona, University Campus of Vigo, and the Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo which was awarded the prestigious RIBA International “Best International Building of 2011” award.

Current studio projects include the Business School of Fudan University in Shanghai, public spaces of HafenCity in Hamburg Germany, the metro station Clichy-Montfermeil in Paris, France (1st prize in competition), and the Naples Underground Central Station in Italy…

Her work received the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2005, the National Spanish Prize in 2006, the Catalan National Prize in 2002, the City of Barcelona Prize in 2005 and 2009 and FAD Prizes in 2000, 2003 and 2007.

She is also the Director of the Enric Miralles Foundation, whose goal is to promote experimental architecture in the spirit of her late husband and partner Enric Miralles.


Benedetta Tagliabue