gpy arquitectos: tenerife centre of dramatic arts
gpy arquitectos: tenerife centre of dramatic arts gpy arquitectos: tenerife centre of dramatic arts
nov 15, 2011

gpy arquitectos: tenerife centre of dramatic arts

‘tenerife centre of dramatic arts’ by gpy arquitectos in tenerife, spain image courtesy gpy arquitectos

‘tenerife centre of dramatic arts’ by spanish firm gpy arquitectos is a multi-level cultural and educational facility located on the island of tenerife, spain. conceived to directly interact with the backdrop of the city and surrounding landscape, the design features a large ‘urban stage’ that creates an artificial topography of zigzagging platforms and ramps.

view of ‘urban stage’ image courtesy gpy arquitectos

arranged in a tiered motion, the structure puts at its center the sheltered auditorium which opens up directly towards the city. the surface is folded and creased by a system of ramps, creating a series of oblique angles that gradually collect to one side of the stage. sculptural and graphic, this pleated pathway serves as the backbone for the pedestrian route throughout the building. the open air nature of the space transforms the public area into a buffer zone which straddles the line between indoor and outdoor as well as public and private.

ramps image courtesy gpy arquitectos

intended to be flexible and neutral, the central auditorium can be transfigured to suit the needs of a variety of uses and functions. the terraced steps may serve as the literal stage of a production or the stands on which spectators observe the show. with a large aperture towards the city, the design presents itself as a platform to the public.

image courtesy manuel gonzalez

entrance image courtesy gpy arquitectos

ramps going underground image courtesy gpy arquitectos

towards the city image courtesy gpy arquitectos

exterior view from outdoor plaza image courtesy gpy arquitectos

structural stilt image courtesy gpy arquitectos

roof top terrace and open-air stage image courtesy manuel gonzalez

indoor rooms image courtesy gpy arquitectos

open auditorium in use image courtesy gpy arquitectos

floor plan / level -1 (a) theatre hall (b) concert hall / existing building (c) stage entrance

floor plan / level +2 (a) rehearsal room (b) seminar room (c) teachers’ room

roof plan (a) upper entrance (b) terrace / open-air stage


  • very…


    like it a lot

    dbkii says:
  • Very…

    Claustrophobic and dark.

    Rafael T says:
  • a classic example on how to spend the public money in an architecture show. this is spain!

    mtm says:
  • seriuosly speaking – what is this? not cheap thing, but for what?

    from cold country says:

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