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Únicas SJD building construction begins in Barcelona, dedicated to rare disease care and research

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Located opposite the Sant Joan de Déu Children's Hospital, it will be inaugurated by the end of 2025. It will become one of the world's largest facilities exclusively dedicated to rare diseases, covering both research and patient care.

The new building will rise 250 metres from the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital, situated between the municipalities of Barcelona and Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona province, Spain). Its main facade will consist of vertical strips with varying inclinations, simulating the shape of chromosomes, while the central atrium will be formed by bands that fold upon themselves in a spiral shape, mirroring the structure of protein chains.

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Rendering of the future Únicas SJD building / Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children's Hospital

The building will span 13,877 m2 and six floors, housing consultation rooms for the areas of neuroscience and genetics, along with facilities for the diagnosis and research of these diseases (such as neuromodulation, genomic studies platform, metabolomics, and radiomics), as well as for their treatment (neurostimulation and advanced therapies).

The patient care floors have been specifically designed to facilitate the provision of care to children in a single space, allowing for integrated consultations by professionals from different services within the same day. Únicas SJD will also incorporate facilities to enhance remote patient care, including a Clinical Command Center that will enable remote patient monitoring.

The Únicas network

The Únicas SJD building will be one of the Únicas network nodes, a network composed of 30 Spanish hospitals. This initiative has been promoted by the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital and the Spanish Federation of Rare Diseases (FEDER), to ensure that children with rare conditions have access to the best treatment, regardless of where they live. 


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