The Youth Centre is situated in the urban centre of Los Realejos, in an area which is home to several public facilities that occupy entire blocks and are enclosed by high perimeter walls. In this context, the new Youth Centre has been built around a public square that has been ceded to the city. The rough exterior skin, made with projected volcanic aggregate-based concrete, defines the urban presence of the building. In its interior, a colour code is used to identify specific areas, which are equipped with a system of mobile wall partitions to allow maximum flexibility of use of the multipurpose hall. The hall is flanked by seminar rooms for more specific uses. These alternate with light-filled and coloured patios that reflect, via the folded geometry of their double skin, their colour as an element of definition and transformation of a dynamic space.
Los Realejos Youth Centre (Phase I)
Calle Piloto s/n. Los Realejos, Tenerife. Canary Islands. Spain
Juan Antonio González Pérez, Urbano Yanes Tuña
Gustavo García Báez, Constanze Sixt
José Domingo Bethencourt Gallardo, Miriam Hernández Pérez
Tenerife Island Council: Education, Employment and Youth Service | Los Realejos Town Council
Ángel Hernández Trujillo S.L.
Joaquín Ponce de León
Manuel de Oráa y Arcocha Award, XIth Edition, 2004: Finalist.
Book: Ruiz Cabrero, Gabriel: Guía de Arquitectura Contemporánea / Contemporary Architecture Guide 1962-2006. Tenerife. Tenerife: Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, 2008