The Tenerife Space of Arts (Tenerife Espacio de las Artes - TEA); is a building of approximately 20,622 square metres that houses the contemporary museum Óscar Domínguez Institute (Instituto Óscar Domínguez); the Alejandro Cioranescu Island Library (Biblioteca Insular Alejandro Cioranescu) and the Center for Photography Island of Tenerife (Centro de Fotografía Isla de Tenerife). In addition, the property has a hall, a restaurant, a shop, a public square, and many offices.
This cultural space, promoted by the Council of Tenerife (Cabildo de Tenerife), is located in the center of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island of Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain), on the banks of the Gulley of Santos (Barranco de Santos); between the market of Nuestra Señora de Africa and the Church of the Conception (Iglesia de la Concepción), and near the Museum of Nature and Man (Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre). The building was designed by the Swiss firm of architects Herzog & de Meuron and directed by the Canary architect Virgilio Gutierrez Herreros.
Its design provides the opening to the outside of its interior spaces, bringing light and energy to the whole and connecting the old part of town with the modern. This area contains a public square, open and accessible to visitors, whose main function is to lead the public into the building. It also has a wide spiral staircase that connects to both the upper and the lower.
The objectives of this cultural space, directed by the Bilbaoan (native of Bilbao, Spain) Javier Gonzalez Durana, its to contribute to the flowering of culture, cultural cooperation with various countries and the promotion of young talents of the island.
The access to the TEA is possible from different parts of the city as a new public road runs diagonally through the building connecting the upper level with the Bridge Serrador (Puente Serrador) lower edge of the Gulley of Santos.