The Auditorio de Tenerife “Adán Martín”, was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava Valls.
It is located on the Avenue of the Constitution in the Canarian capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain), and next to the Atlantic Ocean in the southern part of Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Construction began in 1997 and was completed in 2003.
The building is framed within the tenets of late-modern architecture of the late 20th century.
It is not hard to believe that the ancient Greeks placed the mythical Jardín de la marquesa de Arucas, also known as the Garden of the Hesperides in the Canary Islands. Here in Arucas, where the plants flourish and the climate is like eternal spring, you feel transported to that earthly paradise, where the trees put forth golden apples of immortality, cared for by the nymphs called the Hesperides, who were guarded by the fierce hundredheaded dragon Ladon. According to the myth, even though the dragon was slain by the titan Atlas, its descendants are still alive in the shape of the dragon trees (Dracaena draco) that sprang up where its blood fell. One magnificent 200-year-old specimen dominates the old part of this garden. When the bark is broken, a dark red sap leaks out – ‘dragon’s blood’, possessed of curative properties. Sacred to the indigenous Canarians, the guanches, the tree is still symbolic of the Canary Islands