This Neoclassical building was designed by the architect Antoni Rovira i Trias and was built in the Ciutadella Park thanks to the legacy that Francesc Martorell in Peña (1882-1878) left the city of Barcelona in 1878. It was the first building erected in Barcelona with the intention of becoming a public museum. Since 1924, it has housed exclusively the collections of geology and paleontology.
Castell dels Tres Dragons
This work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner was designed as a cafe-restaurant for the Universal Exhibition of 1888. It is notable for its architectural and artistic value, with influences from Catalan Gothic and Mudéjar architecture. In the first third of the 20th century, it combined several uses, including the natural sciences, but has since then been exclusively dedicated to zoology.
The new Botanical Gardens were designed by a multidisciplinary team made up of the architects Carles Ferrater and Josep Lluís Canosa, the landscape architect Bet Figueras, the horticulturist Artur Bossy and the biologist Joan Pedrola. It takes the form of a grid adapted to the terrain and divided into 71 “phytoepisodes” that show the principal vegetable communities of the regions of the world with a Mediterranean climate.
Botanic Institute Building
The building was designed by Carles Ferrater and, since 2003, it has been home to the Barcelona Botanical Institute, a mixed centre of the CSIC and Barcelona City Council. It is located in the Botanical Gardens at the highest part of the hill of Montjuïc. The building has modern, fully-equipped science facilities and also has an exhibition room and a small auditorium.