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_i i Project: Magma Arts and Congress § Center, Adeje, Tenerife, Canary ^ Islands, Spain

^ Architects: Artengo Menis Pastrana ¿j (AMP) Arquitectos—Fernando £ Menis, principal in charge of project; o Felipe Artengo, Jose Maria Pastrana, £ principals; Esther Ceballos, Andreas £ Weighnacht, Ana Salinas, assistant architects; Fernando Merino, project manager

Engineers: Victor Martinez Segovia (structural); Juan José Gallardo (structural, exterior spaces); Antonio Carrion, Pedro Cerda (acoustical); Milian Associates (mechanical) Consultants: Andrés Pedreño, Rafael Hernández (construction)

The massive sculptural forms of concrete are mixed with chasnera, a compressed volcanic ash. The complex contrasts dramatically with the town of Adeje, as seen when the center is approached from the southeast (top), and from the main entrance forecourt on the southwest (above).

1. Tenerife South Highway

2. Avenida de los Pueblos

3. Direction to Atlantic Ocean

1. Tenerife South Highway

2. Avenida de los Pueblos

3. Direction to Atlantic Ocean

The 240,000-square-foot Magma Center occupies a 7-acre site 45 miles from Santa Cruz. The area, known as Costa Adeje, in southern Tenerife, has been developed for tourism in recent decades. Retaining walls of poured concrete guide visitors to the forecourt of the building (above), where they may enter the hall.

At the rear (northeast side) of the center, the concrete walls create solid bulwarks jutting out toward the busy Tenerife South Highway (above). Fernando Menis carved angular slots for windows in the thick walls that enclose the back-of-the-house functions. A bridge (below) extending from the upper level acts as a secondary entrance on the sloping site. In the distance is the Atlantic Ocean.

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