New cultural centre by Herzog & De Meuron 17.12.08

Family home by Pedro Gadanho

words Johanna Agerman

A contemporary art institute, a photography centre and a public library have all found a home in the Tenerife Arts Space (TEA) in Santa Cruz by Swiss architect Herzog & De Meuron.

The TEA is a low and shadow-like structure that spills out over the ground just where Santa Cruz's old and new quarters meet, covering an area of over 20,000 sq m. The entrance to the TEA is curiously positioned in the middle of the building, in a triangular plaza that is reached by a path that cuts diagonally through the structure.

The TEA is one of three projects by Herzog & De Meuron in Santa Cruz. The firm completed the remodelling of the Plaza of Spain in the summer of 2007 and is currently working on transforming the port into a residential and recreational area.

Look out for a more detailed story in the February issue of icon.

images Roland Halbe

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