“Where do babies come from?” is always an awkward question that many like to keep a mystery. Today, we prefer to have children believe that storks deliver babies in small cloth bundles to the doorstep of a happy couple who unwrap their precious newborn. But if there is no happy couple at the doorstop, where do they go? The Baby Hatch.
Add a darker twist to the tail and you have the reality of 16th Century Barcelona. At a time when both cholera, as well as religious and social stigma towards illegitimate children was rife, this walk-up orphanage provided a discrete drop off point for people to discard their unwanted children. The egg-shaped turnable feature allowed people to place a baby on it and anonymously spin them into the loving arms of a staff member – we like to call it Barcelona’s baby-saviour.