“The semi-desert landscape around it and the presence of the sea are the starting points of the concept. Though not situated directly on the water, it does have a strong relation with the ocean, an imposing presence that frames the building with a constant view of La Gomera Island."- Fernando Menis.
The Magma Art and Congress Centre, Tenerife designed by by architectural trio Fernando Martin Menis, Felipe Artengo Rufino and José Maria Rodriguez Pastrana, the project was completed in 2005. Lead by the main architect, Fernando Menis who today has his own practice, Menis Arquitectos with offices in Santa Cruz and Valencia, the trio created a centre 'proves to be a true representation of its name, a constellation of powerful, yet fluid and sculptural volumes'.
'The large structure features local volcanic stone, however it is almost entirely made out of concrete; cast concrete, concrete blocks, concrete tiles used cleverly back side facing out, and rough concrete worked on site by local craftsmen. The irregular forms’ composition was in fact generated from thirteen initial geometrical blocks, which developed into the final form through models and hands-on work by Menis who supervised daily the construction. The building includes administration offices, bar, a large main hall and reception, and a flexible-size auditorium for up to 2,500 people for theatre, concerts, conferences and cultural events of all kinds.'- Wallpaper.
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