The University City of Caracas is the main campus of the Central University of Venezuela, located in central Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is considered a masterpiece of architecture and urban planning.
University City of Caracas
The University City of Caracas (Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas or CUC) is the main campus of the Central University of Venezuela (Universidad Central de Venezuela or UCV).
Located in central Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, the main campus is considered a masterpiece of architecture and urban planning and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012.
Built to the design of the architect Carlos Raúl Villanueva between 1940 and 1960, the university campus is an outstanding example of the Modern Movement in architecture. The campus and buildings are considered to be Villanueva's "masterpieces."
The University City of Caracas campus integrates a large number of buildings. It is an articulated ensemble, including masterpieces of modern architecture and visual arts, such as the Aula Magna with the "Clouds" of Alexander Calder, the Olympic Stadium, and the Covered Plaza.
Located in Caracas, the main campus of the Central University of Venezuela (Universidad Central de Venezuela) was established in the colonial period by Simon Bolivar. It is a masterpiece of modern city planning, architecture and art, created by the Venezuelan architect Carlos Raúl Villanueva and a group of distinguished avant-garde artists.
The Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas campus is a vast urban complex that integrates many buildings, art and nature into an articulated ensemble, creating an open and dynamic space where the art forms become an essential part of the inhabited place.
There are many different areas of the campus, separated by Faculty and School, including Sciences, Architecture, Humanities, and Medicine. The campus comprises a variety of different environments. Its northern half is a Botanical Garden, with extensive sports facilities at its east, west and south.
Critical architectural structures include:
the Aula Magna with the 'Clouds' of Alexander Calder
the Olympic Stadium
the Covered Plaza
The complex constitutes a modern interpretation of urban and architectural concepts and traditions, incorporating patios and latticed windows as an appropriate solution for its tropical environment.