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City Hall

Francisco Mora and Carlos Carbonell



Located at Plaza Ayuntamiento of the downtown of Valencia, between La sangre st, Arzobispo Mayoral and Periodista Azzati Streets. Spain.






Characteristics of the building:



It occupies a trapezoidal block of about 4.500 m2, and It is constituted by two unified bodies: The old Escuelas del Arzobispo Mayoral, “Casa de la Enseñanza", and one construction already lifted in the 20th. Century.


This building has an Academicist style, in general, with Neo-Baroque elements on the main doors, and the one built in the 20th. Century,  combines Purist and Mannerist elements, being its façade the focal point of the whole square.


The façade is ordered around a central body that includes the main door;  two protruding bodies with their respective doors to each side of the façade with  wings of three windows on each  side, with canopies in the noble plants; and the circular towers to the ends.


The bodies, are adorned with four big Corinthian  columns with decorated shafts, in their inferior third, with posters and cupids sculpted. These columns, sustain, on both pedestals, other four big marble statues that symbolize the Cardinal Virtues. These two bodies rise by way of towers, crowning the respective terraces with balustrades with pinnacles where we can see the city coat of arms, formed by three bodies and crowned by a metallic shield, from 1930. 


The rest of the facade, limited by the slightly protruding bodies, mentioned before, and the towers at the ends, are inspired in the classic architecture of the Renaissance.


The interior works, articulates around the old patio. In the access lobby, there is a great Neo-classicist style staircase built with Italian marble.




Name of the building
Unique characteristics
Common characteristics
Post Office Building
Plaza Ayuntamiento 24, Valencia, Spain.
Miguel Angel Navarre
1) Its construction was carried out between 1915 and 1922.
2) This building responds the dominant eclecticism, baroque and the modernism, a universal style or a modernized renaissance.
3) It occupies two thirds of a compact block, with two curved bevels finished off by domes that conform the image of a public building
4) The access to the building is emphasized by a salient body, with double Ionic columns, and a semicircular arch with allegorical figures.
5) In the superior part, it connects with the double-height hall and covered with a dome of elliptic glazing base.
6) We can fine materials like massive bricks, scaffoldings of wood, iron and glass.
7) Also there is a telecommunications tower that crowns the building, a metallic tower of 30 meters high made of stone and steel which in the inside has stairs that communicates with the Viewing-point.
8) There is a dome of zinc, re-dressed in gold in bows and garlands.
9) In the inside of the building, the whole activity of the building develops in the Principal Lounge, an elliptical space covered by a great window composed by 370 panels and approximately 3.500 pieces of led 1 glass.
1) Symmetric and horizontal façades
2) Mix of different styles like baroque, gothic and classic
3) The ornamentation, decoration
City Hall
Plaza Ayuntamiento between la sangre st, Arzobispo Mayoral and Periodista Azzati Streets. Valencia, Spain.
Francisco Mora and Carlos Carbonell
1) The building is based on a trapezoidal block, constituted by two unified bodies.
2) Combine Neo baroque, mannerist and purist elements to match a great style.
3) It has some sculptures and figures to represent the meaning of the building.
4) The towers of the façade are inspired on the classic architecture of the renaissance
5) The interior spaces are articulated around the old patio.
6) The decoration contain many Valencianist elements
Buildings 7 and 8
Sorni St., 23 (7) and Félix Pizcueta St., 3. Valencia, Spain.
Jose Manuel Cortina
1) This building has a modernist-historicist style with a medievalist character.
2) The façade is symetrical with a vertical composition of holes, structured in three horizontal bands.
3) It has a cornice with pendants, that is enhanced in the corners with triangular pinnacles with a small central rosette.
1) The facade is solved with central symmetry. 2) As the Apartment Building 7, the style of this buildign is Modernist-historicist, presenting a medievalist character.
3) The basement is differentiated from the central body and the top, presenting a horizontal composition.
4) The central access is solved with a semicircular arch that includes the height of the mezzanine, emphasizing the main floor.
The Xapa House
Canovas Square, Valencia, Spain.
Antonio Martorel, Emilio Ferrer Gisber and Carlos Carbonell
1) It is a residential building, formed by 8 individual buildings
2) It have interior iluminating patios
3) First Homogeneous block of housings
4) The balconies determines a horizontal composition
5) A serpentine element of floral decoration reinforces its unit and its horizontality
6) This horizontality is only interrupted in the bevels (chamfers), in the prevalence of the vertical rhythms
7) Alternation of lining between ceramic and marble in the lobbies and the stairways
8) coalition of floral and geometric elements


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