Tenerife Centre of Dramatic Arts

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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This Centre of 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 interrelation and exchange.

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.


Tenerife Centre of Dramatic Arts


C/ Pedro Suárez Hernández s/n. El Ramonal. Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Canary Islands. Spain


GPY Arquitectos

Project Team

Juan Antonio González Pérez, Félix Francisco Perera Pérez, Urbano Yanes Tuña, Gustavo García Báez, Constanze Sixt

Technical Team

Luis Darias Martín (Asat S.L.)

Structural Engineers

Martínez Segovia, Fernández, Pallas y Asociados

Civil Engineers

Gpi Ingenieros

Audio-visual Project

EAV Estudio Audiovisual

Technical Drawings

Miriam Hernández Pérez


Canary Islands Regional Government: Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports | Tenerife Island Council


Necso Entrecanales Cubiertas, S.A.

Constructed Surface

3,360 m2


José Luis González Doña, Laura Pérez Rodríguez


Teresa Arozena, Miguel de Guzmán, Roland Halbe, Efraín Pintos, Joaquín Ponce de León


Mi Obra Favorita Award. CSCAE, 2009: First Prize | Premio de Arquitectura de Canarias Manuel de Oráa y Arcocha, XIth Edition, 2004: First Prize | Bienal Miami+Beach, 2003: Bronze Medal.


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