Fernando Menis won the 2019 competition to restore a neo-Gothic building and fit it out for exhibitions in flexible spaces that can be easily adapted to use changes within the cultural typology.
Named in honor of the botanist José Viera y Clavijo, the park was built in 1903, following a design of the architect Mariano Estanga and the engineer José Rodrigo Vallabriga. The complex includes the Pérez Minik Theater, currently in ruins, and the Colegio de la Asunción, an old, neo-Gothic church later transformed into a school for girls that operated until 1978, and listed in 1986 as an Asset of Cultural Interest in the Canary Islands (Historic Artistic Monument). Its next mission is to be a new outpost of the museum devoted to the French sculptor Auguste Rodin.
Fernando Menis’s project seeks to respect and upgrade the premises with minimal intervention, and expand the historic park with a grove of ceibas and urban orchards.