Palau de la Musica Extension
The Palau de la Música Catalana, originally built in 1908 by the architect, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, as a headquarters for the Orfeó Català and funded by popular donations, constitutes a symbolic and sentimental heritage of an entire city that identifies with its history. It is one of the most representative buildings of Catalan Modernist style. The façade of Domènech i Montaner’s Modernista concert hall, with its bare brick, busts and mosaic friezes representing Catalan musical traditions and composers, is impressive enough, but it is surpassed by the building’s staggering interior. The old Palau has been bursting under the pressure of the musical activity going on inside it, and an extension, restoration, remodelling and renovation project by Oscar Tusquets and Carles Díaz in 1989 is being followed by further alterations by the same architect. In 1997, the Palau de la Música Catalana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Hospital de Sant Pau.