25-07-2003

Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Auditorium, Landscape, Sport & Wellness,

Oscar Tusquets¿s most recent work is Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas, in the Canary Islands, built for concerts, conferences, meetings and seminars.



Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria A lantern on the roof illuminates the entire structure extending toward the sea, so that it looks like a lighthouse; the auditorium stands out in Confital Bay by day and by night, with its light-coloured stone against the volcanic rocks surrounding it. Tusquets addresses the visitor directly in a series of symbolic elements and expressive functional details: a pleasant dialogue is set up between the building and the individual, permitting understanding of the spirit in which the work was built. Integration of the art in the building also takes place through allegory, symbolism and references to tradition or mythology.

Sometimes it is the architectural elements themselves that take on a decorative function, such as the jutting cornices, the visible part of which is decorated with palm leaves made with a cement mould and painted.
Tusquets has applied these principles to a 1650-seat auditorium without interrupting the dialogue begun on the outside: for there were a number of functional problems to be dealt with in the hall (visibility, ventilation, lighting, acoustics) which conditioned its forms and materials.

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