Tenerife Concert Hall

The Tenerife Concert Hall is located at the intersection of the Tres de Mayo Avenue and Maritima Avenue in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Appears as one of Calatrava’s sculptures and is one of the most visually spectacular structures ever designed. This building was the answer of the need for facility for culturalevents creating also an image developing an identity for the site as a gateway to a new park in the western part of the city. I chose to talk about this amazing building because it represents the Calatrava’s great ability making expressions of movement in his almost virginal forms due to a neatly sense of beauty, great knowledge of his materials and a large understanding of mechanics and engineering.

Location: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Architect: Santiago Calatrava
Client: Local government of Tenerife (Santa Cruz de Tenerife)
Height: 50 meter
Site area: 154 by 100 meters (15400 m2)
Commissioned: 1991
Delivered: 2003
Chikatsu-Azuka Historical Museum

This building is situated in the south of the Osaka Prefecture (this place was center-stage to the earliest period of Japanese history). Located in de midst of over 200 burial mounds (kofun), is dedicated to the exhibition and research of kofun culture. Ando supplies a cascading waterfall leading to a natural pond near to the entrance and a walkway for the visitors that leads to a giant garden made of concrete. This building was conceived as a stepped hill lifted tectonically from the natural terrain. I wanted to talk about this building because of the way it is related to the landscape. Japanese architecture has always been very harmonious with the landscapes. This is a big reason why I love ancient Japanese temples and those new built, another reason is the way they design their interiors, which, in my opinion, it gives a sence of harmony.

Location: Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Architect: Tadao Ando
Site area: 14318.3 m2
Building area: 3407 m2
Total floor area: 5925 m2
Design: April 1990 – November 1991
Construction: December 1991 – March 1994
Comparison between both buildings
Both buildings have in common that are enormous structures, the one tries to make the impossible possible (giant thin-shelled concrete roof) and the other a folly (big and massive) concrete garden. These aren’t cheap buildings at all according to their functions, but they form an attraction for the many visitors of both places. The one is more related to the future (the necessary engineering knowledge to make possible to build it is very recent) and the other to the past (It’s completely related to the Japanese history, a museum like a huge temple and a tomb-like aspect). Both have very spiritual forms, the one has a very dominant curved roof like a bird in flight (release) and the other is very earth-bound. I love both projects because of their well-understood meanings.