Wednesday, August 12, 2009
gremlinfc in da opera house...
Whilst sun-worshipping on la isla bonita (and for anyone going head for the golden sands of Playa de las Teresitas in the north)- i took in a little Kultur with mrsgremlinfc as we are want to do , inspired I have to say by Goneforeign's post about the brilliant Frank Gehry building he visited in LA. I'm not an architechture buff or owt like that but I know what i like and along with Mr. Goneforeign I LOVE Gehry's work. I would imagine the effect of seeing Gehry's work is akin to seeing the splendid "Calatrava Wave" as the Opera House is known. Apparently it was originally intended to be a simple concert hall, but its phenomenal design has meant it is becoming an architechtural hit and world landmark. The distinctive, overhanging "wave" curving out over the white concrete Auditorio de Tenerife is the latest creation of renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
The building will serve Santa Cruz, population 250,000, as an opera house and a venue for the Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra, for chamber music groups, and for performances of dance, theater, and zarzuela (Spanish operetta). It is Calatrava's first performing arts building. Besides the dramatic wing or wave, another Calatrava "signature" element is a mosaic of trencadis, or broken white ceramics, which cover the structure's entire skin. The 194,000 square feet (18,000 square meters) of trencadis were brought in from Valencia, Spain.
The Auditorio de Tenerife is right next to the ocean and to its right is a huge open air pool (curreently disused) as well as sea-water pools and it is awesome to swim in the sea with this masterpiece as the backdrop. The other 2 pics are the view to Mt Teide from the OH and a detail of the mosaic-tiled surface of the OH.