Venice Biennale 2012: INTO THE WALL / Menis Arquitectos

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Renowned architect Fernando Menis has been invited as the only Canarian architect to present his proposal at the Venice Biennale, starting August 29th. Menis will invite visitors “INTO THE WALL” with his handcrafted installation that will feature a selection of his most innovative projects, represented in black Foamglass. Some of these projects include the Auditorium of Pájara (Fuerteventura), Tower Agora Garden (Taiwan) and the protagonist of the facility, the Auditorium of Torun (Poland).

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A short time ago we received a monograph of ’ work. We are big fans of ’ work and have featured some of his projects (see here).  The photography in this book from photographers like Kim Yong-Kwan and Roland Halbe really pull you into Menis’ work. The work has a great textural quality about it. You find yourself touching the page wishing you could experience the actual project. As noted in the book, “Fernando Menis’ works combine physical grip with mental freedom, tactile attachment to constructive matter and the visual imagery of his compositional language, close ties with the mineral landscape of the Canary Islands and the rich catalogue of their frond references.”

Auditorium and Congress Center / Menis Arquitectos

Fernando Menis, of Spanish practice Menis Arquitectos, has been announced the winner of the design of an auditorium and congress center for .  Taking inspiration from the rocky hillside site above the beaches, Menis describes the design as “a piece which recalls a broken rock, coming away from earth.”

More images and further project description after the break.

South Tenerife Convention Center / Felipe Artengo, Fernando Menis, José Maria Rodriguez Pastrana

Architect: Felipe Artengo, , José Maria Rodriguez Pastrana
Location: Playa de las Américas, Adeje, Tenerife,
Collaborator: Andreas Weihnacht (arquitect), Esther Ceballos (arquitect), Ana Salinas (arquitect), Rafael Hernández (master builder), Andrés Pedreño (master builder)
Project year: 2005
Strcutural Engineers: Victor Martínez, Juan José Gallardo
Services Engineers: Milián Associats S.A., Audioscan
Contractor: Congreso U.T.E.
Client: Canarias Congreso Bureau Tenerife Sur
Photographs: Hisao Suzuki & AMP arquitectos

Rafael Arozarena High School / Felipe Artengo, Fernando Menis, José Maria Rodriguez Pastrana

Architects: Felipe Artengo, , José Maria Rodriguez Pastrana
Location: Lercaro Urbanization, La Orotava,
Architecture team: Felipe Artengo Rufino, Fernando Martín Menis, José Mª Rodríguez Pastrana Malagón
Furniture: Rafael Hernández Hernández, Andrés Pedreño Vega
Engineering: Martín Díaz
Structure Engineering: Arcal
Contractor: Construcciones Rodríguez Mesa
Client: Consejería de Educación, Cultura y Deportes del Gobierno de Canarias
Photographs: Hisao Suzuki & Miguel de Guzman

Insular Athletics Stadium / Felipe Artengo, Fernando Menis, José Maria Rodriguez Pastrana

Architects: Felipe Artengo, , José Maria Rodriguez Pastrana
Location: Tincer, Santa Cruz de Tenerife,
Project team: Felipe Artengo Rufino, José Mª Rodríguez Pastrana Malagón, Mariola Merino Martín (PROJECT MANAGEMENT)
Competition team: Adán Ramos ,Claudia Colmar, Mathias Fuchs, Rafaél Hernández, Mónica Rodríguez, Andrés Pedreño
Project year: 2007
Technical Architects: Rafaél Hernández Hernández, Andrés Pedreño Vega
Strcutural Engineers: Fhecor Ingenieros Consultores, Juan José Gallardo
Technical Engineers: Milián Associats S.A., CITE Ingerieros S.L.
Contractor: Dragados, Obras y Proyectos
Constructed Area: 36.000 sqm
Client: Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, Ayuntamiento de Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Photographs: Hisao Suzuki & AMP arquitectos