The Human Body

Main hall SJD Barcelona Children’s Hospital


SJD Barcelona Children’s Hospital




Arauna Studio

Project Team:

Dani Rubio, Marta Angrill, Mireia Sandoval, Pablo Estarriaga, Pol Pintó, Raimond Pinto

Architecture firm:

Llongueras Clotet Arquitectes

Photography & Video:

Art Sanchez


In 2016, Sant Joan de Déu Children’s Hospital in Barcelona opened its new main hall, an emblematic space, which serves as the principal entrance into the hospital and the central hub connecting the other hospital buildings.

Rai Pinto Studio (interior design) and Arauna Studio (graphic design), which over the last few years have carried out an environmental design project based on animals playing hide and seek within this hospital’s architecture, devised an interactive environmental concept focused on the human body. Five installations have been designed, each one representing a system or an organ:

— the heart

— the digestive system

— the locomotive system

— the brain

— the lungs

Using a very simple code of pictograms and requiring active participation from kids, the installations interpret the functions of the human body in an informal and approachable way, creating a playful space where kids can have fun, and at the same time, initiating a conversation about how their own bodies work. As this new main hall is often the first point of entry into the hospital, this project aims to engage the hospital’s young patients and put them at ease, in a place that is typically associated with discomfort and pain.