TEA, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (Tenerife Arts' Space), a project promoted by the Cabildo of Tenerife (Tenerife's Island Government), is the work of architects Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron and Virgilio Gutiérrez. In this new, cultural building covering 20,622 square metres there is the Óscar Domínguez Institute; the Island of Tenerife's Photographic Centre and a library, part of the island's library network. This is a truly innovative idea, not only for Tenerife but also for the whole of the Canary Islands, as this cultural infrastructure has no precedent in the Archipelago. It has a definite contemporary vocation and aims to bring together the art generated by new technological changes in our society.
It is located in the renovated historical centre of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on the right-hand side of the Barranco de Santos, between the Recova Market and the Concepción Church, next to the Museum of Natural History and Man. Its design favours openness to the outside for its interior areas, providing light and dynamism to the whole complex with its 1200 glass blocks with 720 different shapes and sizes. The centre also has various common areas: an events hall, shop, cafeteria, a semi-covered plaza and two exhibition halls. In one, there is the permanent exhibition of Óscar Domínguez and in the other a temporary exhibition.