The University of La Laguna in Santa Cruz, Tenerife is located to the northwest of the city abutting onto a motorway and untidy urban sprawl. The new Fine Arts Faculty occupies a plot near the existing campus but separated from it by a main road.
The project by gpy arquitectos is posited on a dual objective: on the one hand, to link the new structure to the existing university campus and nearby city, and on the other, to shield the building from the noise nuisance coming from the nearby main road.
The layout of the available open spaces is the starting point for the new architecture and how it blends into its environment. The building seems as if it has been generated by the public spaces on the campus.
The circulation route of the new Faculty starts in the front square, the point of arrival from the nearby road. Functional areas open to the public and the rest of the...