VOLCANO KITES, LANZAROTE, SPAIN

The most important part in our conception is the good connection between the interior and the exterior space of the complex. In this way we create a sense of openness and vastness, which would help the formation of an artistic and interdisciplinary environment necessary for every art center.

VOLCANO KITES

The volcanic land of Lanzarote burned out by the sun is thirsty for greeneries, freshness and a tender white wings’ stroke. The water reservoir tank that will shelter our building symbolizes this resurrected new life erupting from the black soil.

The new building complex is a mixture of different activities that we believe will have to function together as a whole, thus creating a truly active center for culture, art and recreation – just like an old plaza in a typical southern town.  

We suggest that the yard of our building is lowered amphitheatrically to the level of the reservoir that is partially submerged in the ground. This way we achieve a very interesting outdoor space, all green and terraced, ending on both sides with a common stage. We hope that covering partly this space with white, lightweight, triangular awnings stretched over a steel understructure will create a pleasant outdoor space suitable for music and dance events. The stretched out semi-transparent triangle awnings offer a nice shade and let one see through them, creating the feeling of classical order antique columns and also the feeling of dancing couples on the dance floor. Set up in this way, the awnings cut dynamically the sky over Lanzarote with light and shade reminding of wings of flocking birds or the surfers’ kites in the ocean. We apply the same idea, but in negative film, by cutting across the metal rooftop of the reservoir tank with a dynamic touch of skylight.

The most important part in our conception is the good connection between the interior and the exterior space of the complex. In this way we create a sense of openness and vastness, which would help the formation of an artistic and interdisciplinary environment necessary for every art center.

We believe that the materials we use, such as dark graphite stone for the surrounding trapezoidal wall and the white, transparent, synthetic fabric awnings of the amphitheater and the stage, will create a nice contrast between the island’s ancient volcanic land and the soaring music and dance.

 

This is our concept about VOLCANO KITES.