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University City of Caracas

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Carlos Raúl Villanueva
location Caracas
function auditorium, exposition space, library, university
contributed by Bjorkman

The University City of Caracas is the main campus of the Central University of Venezuela. It was designed by Carlos Raúl Villanueva and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. It is considered a masterpiece of architecture and urban planning and is the only university campus designed by a single architect in the 20th century that has received such recognition by UNESCO. The campus buildings are considered to be Villanueva's masterwork. Built on the site of the old Hacienda Ibarra and connected to the new city centre around Plaza Venezuela, the project required a massive undertaking of both urban planning and architectural design. The vast urban complex of about 2 km² included a total of 40 buildings and it became one of the most successful applications of Modern Architecture in Latin America. Villanueva worked closely with all the artists who contributed their works and personally supervised the project for over 25 years.

A wonderful proof of the better possibilities of design (and of the better use of oil profits): a large group of buildings wich serve several functions, including the best public hospital in the country and one's of most beautiful concert halls; and a feat to the senses, thanks to its succesfull integration of arquitecture and arts. Even in the far-from-ideal situation the Ciudad Universitaria has in these days, it's an oustanding masterpiece.
Caracas, Venezuela 01-Oct-11
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University City of Caracas
Ciudad Universitaria
Project is public!
Opening hours 24/7
How to get there? Metro: Plaza Venezuela, Ciudad Universitaria.
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Completion 1962
Floor area/size 2000000 m2
ArchitectCarlos Raúl Villanueva
Client Universidad Central de Venezuela
Project ID 4240
Latitude/Longitude 10°29'35N 66°53'15W
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