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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

El Sauzal

Arch. José Domingo Bethencourt & Urbano Yanes

 

In 1987, in a town that at that time had only 6,000 inhabitants, it was decided to build an auditorium. After 30 years of uninterrupted activity and a great variety of cultural activities, the auditorium of El Sauzal needed to face an integral rehabilitation to adapt to the requirements of the current regulations and to the diverse performance needs.
The main change was focused inside. A "very technical" black box that worked for any shape according to the show that was offered was key. Versatility and flexibility. In terms of trasformation that meant moving the stage to the southern zone and making its use longitudinal, instead of the transversal use prior to its rehabilitation. Likewise, the other notorious modification was to built a higher roof, which has gone from 4-6 meters to 8 working meters.
And although the capacity is approximately the same, with a previous seating capacity of 450 people to a current 435, the big difference is that the space now can accommodate up to a thousand people, thanks to the installation of a retractable tribune. Once it is closed, another stage can be set where needed, offering the possibility of doing shows with different formats and with people who are standing.
The architect José Domingo Bethencourt, who together with Urbano Yanes have been the mentors of the project, stated that "we do not even have a facade project, because it is the least important. On the contrary, the performance that is offered must have the best space characteristics". For this reason, the team of the Movable Seating Solutions' division at Figueras has collaborated with the architects throughout the work process to facilitate the best solution.

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El Sauzal in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain; project fitted with Retractable Seating Automatic System seats for Performing Arts Centers

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