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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Tenerife Centre of Dramatic Arts in Spain by gpy arquitectos

November 23rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: gpy arquitectos

This Centre of the Dramatic Arts presents itself to the city as a platform, as an urban stage with the city and landscape as backdrop.

The interior roofed patio, generated by a three-dimensional folding of the wooden surface of the roof, is conceived as a scenic box that opens up towards the city and affirms itself as the building’s spatial reference point, a place for relationships and interchange.


General View (Main Terrace) (Images Courtesy Efraín Pintos)

  • Architect: gpy arquitectosJuan Antonio González Pérez, Urbano Yanes Tuña
  • Name of Project: Tenerife Centre of Dramatic Arts
  • Location: El Ramonal, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain
  • Collaboration: Félix Perera Pérez,Gustavo García Báez, Constanze Sixt, Architects
  • Structural Engineering: Martínez Segovia, Fernández, Pallas y Asociados
  • Photographs: Teresa Arozena, Miguel de Guzmán, Roland Halbe,  Efraín Pintos, Joaquín Ponce de León
  • Sofwtare used: Mainly designed by hand; a small part by AutoCAD

Patio (Main Terrace) (Images Courtesy Teresa Arozena)

  • Client: Tenerife Insular Council + Canary Islands Government: Education, Culture and Sports Council
  • Contract: Necso Entrecanales Cubiertas, S.A.
  • Constructed Surface: 3.360 m2
  • Technical team:
    • Technical Architect: Luis Darías Martín
    • Technical Industrial Engineer: José Miguel Navarro
  • Awards:
    • 2009: ‘Mi Obra Favorita’ (‘My favourite Work’), category: Experience. Organized by the Superior Council of the Architects’ Associations of Spain. First Prize
    • 2004: Manuel de Oráa y Arcocha Award. First Prize
    • 2003: Bienal Miami+Beach. Bronze Medal


Patio (Main Terrace) (Images Courtesy Efraín Pintos)

Defined as an inclined surface, the patio functions at the same time as an open-air auditorium and as  the backbone for the pedestrian routes throughout the building, comprising a system of ramps that relate the different scenic spaces of the building via an oblique zigzag geometry.

The whole building can be transformed into a space for performances, a public, open theatre, with the audience watching from the ramps, the platforms, the landings, transformed into both actors and spectators at the same time. Action determines the space of representation.


Patio (Main Terrace) (Images Courtesy Miguel de Guzmán)

Roof Terrace (Main Terrace) (Images Courtesy Teresa Arozena)

Patio (Main Terrace) (Images Courtesy Teresa Arozena)

Patio - Performance (Main Terrace) (Images Courtesy Manuel Medina)

Patio (Images Courtesy Efraín Pintos)

Patio (Images Courtesy Efraín Pintos)

Skylight (Images Courtesy Efraín Pintos)

Rehearsal Room (Images Courtesy Efraín Pintos)

Level 2

Level 3

Level -1

Patio - Section

Wooden Skin

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Categories: Art Studio, Autocad, Cultural Center

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