Until 30 May, the Colegio Territorial de Arquitectos de Valencia (CTAV – Professional association of architects of Valencia) will show a collection of architectural drawings by famous Valencian architect Javier Goerlich in its exhibition hall. The exhibition focuses on Goerlich’s residential architecture between 1924 and 1942. The works shown form part of the famous Legado Goerlich (Goerlich legacy), an exhibition that has been shown at the Colegio Territorial de Arquitectos since the beginning of the 1980s. This exhibition however is part of the collaboration of the CTAV to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the graduation of the Valencian architect (1914/2014), who studied in Madrid and Barcelona. The exhibition is commissioned by the architects Tito Llopis and David Sánchez Muñoz.
Born in Valencia in 1886, Javier Goerlich Lleó is one of the architects who had the most influence on the architectural aspects of this Mediterranean city. Through his positions as arquitecto municipal (city architect – from 1924) and Arquitecto Mayor (chief architect of the city from 1931 to 1956), he realised a variety of constructions, some of which no longer stand (as is the case with the bygone Club Nautico, which was demolished in 1985), although some still form part of Valencia’s urban landscape.
In his work in relation to urban planning, Goerlich was responsible for important transformations of Valencia’s city centre, such as the extension of the calle de La Paz, the widening of the calle Poeta Querol, Avenida Barón de Cárcer and the Plaza de la Reina, as well as the restructuring of the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Among the buildings designed by Goerlich the Colegio Mayor Luis Vives, the Martí Cortina building (on Avenida del Oeste, 35) and the Roig Vives building (on calle Xàtiva, 4), particularly stand out alongside others, which you can still admire in Valencia until today. Interestingly, the translation and the IT teams of Rimontgó are situated on one of the floors of a building conceived by Javier Goerlich, in the Ensanche district in the city of Valencia.
In addition to the exhibition at the CTAV, the Centro del Carmen, a museum in Valencia’s old town, will host another important exhibition related to Goerlich and his architectural work towards the end of this year.