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Tenerife Opera and Auditorium

Tenerife, Spain


Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Tenerife Opera and Auditorium building is both home to the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and an architectural symbol of the City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The building houses a 1,716- seat opera and symphony hall and a 442- seat chamber music hall. The building has three signature elements, known as the wings, the shell, and the sails. The main section of the building has a 15-m high platform roof flanked by two 60-m high, white concrete, cone- shaped arches. Two conical, double curvature concrete sails that develop into a 51.6- m high, 50- cm thick dome enclose the symphony hall. A third arch shields the south entrance and creates a balcony that overlooks the ocean. And, from the arch, a massive two-sided wing rises over the shell, comes to rest at the shell’s 51.6- m top point and cantilevers over and back another 56 meters, molding into one inverted curved tip.

Facts of the project
Architect Santiago Calatrava
Plot: 24,602 sqm.
Floor Arena 6,740 sqm.
Symphony Hall for 1,716 people and camera room for 442 people
Nut shaped dome with 36.6 m height covering symphony hall
Great wing finished in peak curve 100 ml resting on the "nut" and 56 m overhanging