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Calatrava Wave in Tenerife

by Lili Eylon

It was originally intended to be a simple concert hall, but the multifunction building for the city of Santa Cruz, Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, also promises to be a landmark. The distinctive, overhanging "wave" curving out over the white concrete Auditorio de Tenerife is the latest creation of renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

The building will serve Santa Cruz, population 250,000, as an opera house and a venue for the Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra, for chamber music groups, and for performances of dance, theater, and zarzuela (Spanish operetta). International conferences will also be held there. It is Calatrava's first performing arts building.

The Auditorio de Tenerife sits on a 5.7-acre (2.3-hectare) site next to the ocean. Of this, 73,000 square feet (6,741 square meters) are occupied by the auditorium. The rest of the site is taken up by an administrative building for the symphony and a public plaza, covered with local dark-gray stone, with parking below.   >>>

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The Auditorio de Tenerife is the latest creation of Santiago Calatrava.
Photo: Jordi Verdes Padron

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The distinctive, overhanging wing, known to locals as the "wave," curves out over the white concrete Auditorio de Tenerife.
Photo: Jordi Verdes Padron


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