auditorium is located on the waterfront in the Los Llanos are of Santa Cruz,
the capital of Tenerife. Situated between the Marine Park and the edge of
the port, the auditorium connects the city to the ocean and creates a
significant urban landmark.
all-concrete building is characterized by the dramatic sweep of its roof.
Rising off the base like a crashing wave, the roof soars to a height of 58
meters over the main auditorium before curving downward and narrowing to a
point. The buildingıs plinth forms a public plaza covering the site and
allows for changes in grade between the different levels of the adjacent
contains an auditorium that seats 1,800 and a chamber music hall with
seating for 400. The chamber music hall, technical facilities, general
services and dressing rooms are located within the stepped plinth, which is
clad in basalt, the local volcanic stone. Wide arches, spanning 50 meters on
each side, serve as the artistsı entrance. The main public access to the
auditorium is placed on the raised plaza to the northeast, beneath the
curved and sculpted concrete shell of the roof. Although administrative and
service areas and the central auditorium are air-conditioned, public foyers
and circulation areas profit from the islandıs pleasant climate; as it is
naturally ventilated airflow through the glazed areas beneath and between
the buildingıs concrete shells.
Geometrically, the roof is constructed from two intersecting cone segments.
the symmetrical inner shell of the concert hall, which is 50 meters high, is
a rotational body, generated by rotating a curve to describe an ellipse. A
wedge of approximately 15° has been removed from the center of this body so
that its two segments (for acoustical reasons 60 cm thick) form a pronounced
ridge. At its uppermost point it supports the sweep of the roof. The body
of the auditorium thus contrasts with the smooth curves of the flanking
tangential shells, whose exterior surfaces are decorated in coloured broken
To fine tune
the acoustics, the wood panelling of the interior takes on a crystalline
form, which also contributes to the drama of the space. The placing of sound
reflectors was determined by laser tests, which also helped define the
dimensions of the vaulted interior. Instead of having stage curtains, the
auditorium is provided with a concertina screen of vertical aluminium slats,
which when opened lift up into the auditorium to act as a sound-reflector
above the orchestra pit.
Cabildo Insular de Tenerife (Tenerife Town Council).