Palau Sant Jordi

The Palau Sant Jordi by Arata Isozaki and Mamoru Kawaguchi was the contribution of the Province of Catalonia to the 1992 Olympic Games. As the focal point of the Olympic Ring, it had to be of superlative architectural quality. The Palau Sant Jordi is distinguished by its clear, functional assignment of sports and ancillary rooms. The task of creating a high-standard sports facility for various sports and multi-purpose uses has been outstandingly executed. The hall fits excellently into the Montjuic Olympic Park, largely by not dominating the main axis oriented to the Olympic Stadium. Its appearance recalls the hilly countryside surrounding Barcelona.

For more than 25 years now, Palau Sant Jordi has been a highly versatile space that can be adapted to host any kind of sporting, cultural or leisure event. It is also one of Spain's top sports venues, hosting events ranging from basketball competitions to motocross displays, and it even had a swimming pool installed for the 2003 World Swimming Championships.