It’s one of those projects that we love at AD and that we’ve talked about before: The Red Wall, chosen by our followers as the best architectural work of Valencia (14% of the votes). It is over forty years old but it is still rabidly current thanks to its brave commitment to color and a rich and well-studied typology. Almost hanging over the Mediterranean and fleeing from the bland Spanish coastal urbanism, it was completed in 1973, becoming one of the first buildings of Ricardo Bofill’s Architecture Workshop. The complex has 50 apartments and receives the influences of the structuralists of the 50s and of the constructivism of the beginning of the century. The labyrinthine system of stairs, bridges and walkways is due to the vernacular Mediterranean construction. But above all, its patios and battlements dyed pink stand out, with the influence of the Arab casbah, always recognizable.
He Colon Market ranks second, with 13%. “In the past it was a market, today it houses flower stalls and the best restaurants, but it has always been one of the most beautiful buildings in Valencia”, they tell us from Tourism. “The Mercado de Colón was designed by the architect Francisco Mora Berenguer at the beginning of the 20th century, so it is one of the most representative works of Valencian modernism, which recalls in some of its peculiarities Gaudí’s buildings in Barcelona. So much so that it is declared a National Monument. It is a large 3,500-square-meter building, divided into three naves, which closes its ends with two brick and stone gates as triumphal arches. It has great ornamentation on its colorful façade, with ceramic details typical of the area, as well as an artistic wrought iron fence that surrounds the installation. All the elements have undergone a meticulous restoration. Currently, the height of its ceiling and the numerous entrances make the Market an open and bright space ”.
The third? For him González Martí National Museum of Ceramics and Sanctuary Arts (10.5%). Located in the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas, in the historic center of the city, it houses the largest national collection of ceramics from the 8th century to contemporary times, including pieces by Picasso. “Around 1740, the III Marquis de Dos Aguas decided to renovate his manor house as a sign of his power and lineage, substituting the severe character of the previous medieval construction for an opulent palace with a large alabaster façade. Its current appearance is the result of important modifications, both internal and in its exterior façade, carried out in the 19th century and which had a great repercussion already in the Valencian society of the moment due to its extreme sumptuousness and refinement ”. It was declared a Historic Artistic Monument in 1941.
The fourth place has been very close but finally, by 10% of the votes, it is shared between the mythical City of Arts and Sciences Y The Silk Exchange. About the first mention, what else can we say that has not been told? But equally, it never hurts to remember that it is the work of Santiago Calatrava and it was inaugurated in 1998 with not a few criticisms due to how expensive it was in the end. Nobody can say that it is not a spectacular work, which collects the essence of Valencia in its buildings, with a futuristic aesthetic and in clear allusion to the animal world with that whale skeleton shape in the 4,000 square meters that make up the three floors.
“The Silk Exchange It is one of the characteristic buildings of the city of Valencia, as well as being one of the most famous civil Gothic monuments that Europe can offer. It enjoys the high distinction of Historic Artistic Monument of national character since June 4, 1931 and was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site on December 5, 1996. It is located in the center, opposite the Central Market and the Temple of the Santos Juanes, and occupies an area rectangular whose area is about 1990 square meters. It is divided into a Columnar Hall or Contract Room, distributed in three longitudinal naves and five transverse naves, the Tower and the chapel, as well as a garden or patio of orange trees ”.
Finally, the Jewish House in Valencia seal our list. It is a residential building built in 1930 by Joan Guardiola and which captures the essence of Valencian Art Deco. Its façade does not leave indifferent and it is impossible not to notice when passing, since architectural elements from other times and cultures have been reused in a totally arbitrary way, such as column compositions with Egyptian capitals, pointed windows, exotic pagoda-shaped finishes and especially the Colour. A lot of color, as if it were a model. It receives this name because it was where, in a clandestine way, the Jews who were in the city and surroundings used to meet before the 1960s.