Metropol Parasol, the redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnacíon in Seville, designed by J. MAYER H. Architects, already became the new icon for Seville, a place of identification and to articulate Seville’s role as one of the world´s most fascinating cultural destinations. Metropol Parasol developed the Plaza de la Encarnación to become the new contemporary urban centre. Its role as a unique urban space within the dense fabric of the medieval inner city of Seville allows for a great variety of activities such as memory, leisure, and commerce. A highly developed infrastructure helps to activate the square, making it an attractive destination for tourists and locals alike.
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The Metropol Parasol scheme with its impressive timber structures offers an archaeological museum, a farmers’ market, an elevated plaza, multiple bars and restaurants underneath and inside the parasols, as well as a panorama terrace on the very top of the parasols. Realized as one of the largest and most innovative bonded timber constructions with a polyurethane coating, the parasols grow out of the archaeological excavation site into a contemporary landmark, defining a unique relationship between the historical and the contemporary city. Metropol Parasols mixed-use character initiates a dynamic development for culture and commerce in the heart of Seville and beyond.
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Project: Metropol Parasol (Redevelopment of Plaza de la Encarnacion, Seville, Spain)
Function: archaeological site, farmers market, elevated plaza, multiple bars and restaurants
Structure: concrete, timber and steel
Principal Exterior: timber and granite
Principal interior material: concrete, granite and steel
Construction period: 2005-2011
Renderings: J. MAYER H. Site
area: 18000 Sq m
Building area: 5000 Sq m
Total floor Area: 12670 Sq m
Height of the building: 28.50 m
Building/Cost: 90 Mio Euro Photographs (For all photographs Copy right – “Nikkol Rot Fotografie for Holcim Foundation”)