La Cisnera Community Centre, Tenerife Architecture Photo, Islas Canarias, Image
La Cisnera Community Centre Building
Arico Architecture, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain design by gpy arquitectos
8 Sep 2009
La Cisnera Community Centre
Location: Arico, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Date built: 2009
Design: gpy arquitectos
Islas Canarias Arquitectura
Photographs: Joaquín Ponce
La Cisnera is a small, rural settlement that has grown up along a roadside in the upper reaches of the town of Arico, located in the south-east of Tenerife.
The new community centre relates to its surroundings, with the main entrance placed at the level of the town’s main square, alongside the Chapel of San José Obrero, and the line of the rooftop extending along the road at an inverse angle until it merges with that of the enclosure wall.
The building is meant to be seen as an extension of the urban public space, and offers a sheltered environment for the town square, onto which it opens. The intention was to offer a flexible delimitation of the spaces outlined in the brief, using mobile partition walls to allow for a free, modular configuration of the space for different uses and activities, thereby ensuring its integration as a singular meeting space and its extension outward to the square.
This configuration, which allows for an intense, varied use of the space, is what lends the new centre its character as a public place, fostering the use of the urban space around the chapel and square as a meeting point and place for social interaction, while maintaining the small chapel as a unique element, an essential part of the whole.
The building has been constructed by means of a dialogue between two skins; a continuous, abstract, exterior wrapping in white and a warm, interior wrapping made of wood. The building’s exterior wrapping folds to allow access to the centre and frame the view of the surrounding landscape from the square and vice versa.
It has been finished with a continuous, manually applied coating of rough plaster using the local volcanic aggregate jable. The micro-alveolic nature of this aggregate offers a high degree of insulation from the heat, and the light colour of the finish dissipates the sun’s intense rays.
The interior wooden skin unfolds into multiple configurations, allowing for an optimal use of the inner space – as a covered square, screening room, common room or games room. The space between the two skins, of variable thickness, houses the fixed installations (computer lab, washrooms and pantry) and the storage rooms.
The orientation of the main entrance and the window frame defining the building’s edge blocks direct sunlight from the main room, making it luminous and cool – a shady, protected place on the square.
La Cisnera Community Centre Tenerife – Building Information
Client: Tenerife Insular Council: Planning and Tourism Department
Size of project: 497,55m²
Start date: 2007
Completion date: 2009
gpy aruitectos, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands, belonging to Spain
La Cisnera Community Centre Tenerife information received 080909
LEAF Awards Winner 2009
Location: La Cisnera, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, south western Europe
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