Auditorio de Tenerife
|Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín"|
|Location||Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain|
|Opening||September 26, 2003|
|Structural system||Concrete frame & precast concrete ribbed roof|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Santiago Calatrava Valls|
The Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín" (formerly named, but still commonly referred to as, Auditorio de Tenerife), was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava Valls. It is located on the Avenue of the Constitution in the Canarian capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain), and next to the Atlantic Ocean in the southern part of Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Construction began in 1997 and was completed in 2003. The auditorium was inaugurated on 26 September of that year with the presence of Felipe de Borbón, Prince of Asturias, and was later visited by former U.S. President Bill Clinton. The building is framed within the tenets of late-modern architecture of the late 20th century.
The majestic profile of the auditorium has become an architectural symbol of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island of Tenerife and the Canary Islands. It is also regarded as the finest modern building in the Canary Islands and one of the most emblematic buildings of Spanish architecture. In March 2008, it was included by the post office in a set of six stamps (Correos) depicting the most emblematic works of Spanish architecture. In 2011, the image of the Tenerife Auditorium was included in a series of commemorative coins of 5 euros, which displayed the most emblematic symbols of several spanish cities. It is one of the major attractions of Tenerife and home to the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra).
The building 
The Auditorio de Tenerife is situated in a central area of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, near The Avenue of the Constitution, the Parque Marítimo César Manrique and the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The auditorium is located near the Tenerife Tram station.
Near the auditorium stand the two Torres de Santa Cruz, which are the tallest buildings in the Canary Islands, and the tallest residential building in Spain until 2010. The auditorium and the towers are the most recognizable and photographed view of the city. The building stands on a plot of 23,000 m² of which the auditorium occupies 6471 m², divided into two chambers. The main hall or Symphony, crowned by a dome, has 1,616 available seats in an amphitheater and a stage with an opening of 16.5 meters and a depth of 14 meters. Organ pipes emerge from both sides of the pit, designed by Albert Blancafort (who has also been involved in the construction of organs at the Cathedral of Alcala de Henares and the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus on Gran Canaria). The auditorium differs from traditional designs, attempting to surround the listener with sound sources.
The chamber hall, with 422 seats, reproduces the symphony hall amphitheater on a smaller scale. In the lobby, accessible from two sides of the building, are the press room, a shop and cafe. The building also has a dozen individual dressing rooms, as well as rooms for hairdressing, makeup, costumes, etc. The exterior has two terraces overlooking the sea.
The building is famous for its great "arc", this element marked a before and after in the history of architecture, it is the only large arch supported by only two points of support, while the tip appears suspended gravity defying.
External spaces 
- Trade Winds Plaza: 16.289 m²
- Atlantic Terrace: 400 m²
- City Terrace: 350 m²
Interior spaces 
- Symphony Hall
- Chamber Hall
- Galleries Port and Castle
The building is normally lit in bright white at night, but more colorful lighting is used on special occasions. For example, on New Year 2007-2008 the auditorium was lit in white and yellow, and a clock was projected onto one wing of the building to mark the hours. On World Diabetes Day, the auditorium is illuminated in blue, and special lighting is also employed during the annual Cadena Dial Awards. The auditorium also participates in "Earth Hour," a campaign against climate change in which large buildings "go dark" for an hour to draw awareness to the cause.
Cultural programming 
The auditorium hosts various musical performances, such as Tenerife Danza, Atlantic Jazz, World Music and Great Performers in addition to hosting the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, the Tenerife Opera Festival and, together with the Teatro Perez Galdós in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the sessions for the Canary Islands Music Festival (Festival de Música de Canarias).
Auditorium facilities are designed to accommodate conferences, product launches and conventions. The auditorium building and its environment are also promoted as a location for filming commercials.
The Tenerife Auditorium was officially opened by the Prince of Asturias Felipe de Borbón on September 26, 2003. The opening was covered by media from around the world, including newspapers such as the New York Times, Financial Times, The Independent, the Paris Le Monde, and Italy's Corriere della Sera, as well as international magazines such as Elle Decoration, Architecture Today and Marie Claire Maison.
Gala de los Premios de la Cadena Dial 
The official Cadena Dial Awards have been held in the Auditorium of Tenerife since 2007. The gala event brings together various national and international Latin singers including Laura Pausini, Chayanne, Amaral, Amaia Montero, Eros Ramazzotti, Beatriz Luengo, Camila, Estopa, Luis Fonsi, Tiziano Ferro, Manolo Garcia, Melocos, Melendi, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Pitingo, Rosario and Sergio Dalma. Familiar faces in show business, television and radio have presented the awards: Paz Vega, Santi Millán, Fernando Tejero, Marta Torné, José Mari Manzanares, Elena Rivera, Jose Ramon de la Morena, Pablo Motos and Gemma Nierga. One of the unique events at this gala is the singer's walk, a green carpet installed at the foot of the auditorium.
The awards reach across the Atlantic via the radio network Union Radio Kiss Radio in Colombia, Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica, Continental Radio in Argentina and Top 40 stations of Panama, Argentina, Guatemala and Ecuador. In addition, the gala is broadcast on TV Canaria and Cuatro TV.
Bill Clinton's visit 
The auditorium was visited by former President of the United States Bill Clinton, who visited Tenerife in July 2005 to attend a conference on the role of the island in the Tenerife Atlantic Logistics Platform. This is also the first visit by a former U.S. president to the Canary Islands.
The Auditorio de Tenerife and Santiago Calatrava have been criticized for several reasons: his change of location, various structural problems, budget increases, and an alleged breach of safety rules.
Name change 
On January 28, 2011 the Cabildo de Tenerife approved the proposal of renaming the building to be renamed "Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín" in memory of President of the Canary Islands, Adán Martín Menis, who was the driving force behind the construction of the auditorium. However, many citizens and media were against the name change. Despite the name change of the audience most of the population continues to call the building just "Auditorio de Tenerife".
See also 
- Santa Cruz de Tenerife
- Torres de Santa Cruz
- Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife
- Sydney Opera House
- Spanish architecture
- Bienvenidos al Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín"
- El Cabildo inicia los trámites para denominar al Auditorio de Tenerife "Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín"
- La Sinfónica de Tenerife y Ainhoa Arteta ofrecen este jueves un concierto homenaje al expresidente canario Adán Martín
- Auditorio de Tenerife (in Spanish)
- Auditorio Tenerife, information (in Spanish)
- Correos issued six emblematic works of Spanish architecture and includes the Auditorio de Tenerife (in Spanish)
- Moneda conmemorativa del Auditorio de Tenerife. Año 2011.
- From New York to Sydney (in Spanish)
- Bill Clinton's Visit (in Spanish)
- "A traición y con alevosía". Una pena Concierto de abono número 6 de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife
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