Gallery: Giant Rainbow Hued Umbrellas Pop Up in Spain!

Residents of Spain no longer have to travel all the way to its beaches to sit under colorful umbrellas. ParedesPino Arquitectos were commissioned by the city of Cordoba to create a unique installation that would provide an incredible public space for play and local commerce, while creating a more concise connection between the neighborhoods, the central railway station and urban areas. Designed as a beautiful array of multi-colored sunshades set across a 128,000 sq ft space, the Centro Abierto de Actividades Ciudadanas (CAAC) project not only provides ample shade during the day, but also an enchanting light at night. And in true umbrella form, each aids in helping the city to cope with water issues, allowing for drainage inside.

Each umbrella has been prefabricated and varies in both height and diameter. Moreover, by equipping each umbrella with a light, the space can be occupied at all hours,  avoiding the plight that often comes with parks of this size when night falls. Instead, the illumination activates a completely different experience as compared to the day, but remains equally as charming and secure.

Opened just a few months ago, this new square has become a major draw to both locals and tourists alike. The sunshade arrangement across the vast space is an incredible play of both shadow and light, creating a dynamic city center accessible to everyone.

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  1. germican August 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    There was a huge opportunity lost here. Aesthetically I have to disagree with the design, it is nothing more then something seen off high-way rest stops surviving from the 80\’s. I would have liked to see a variety of screens and depths of shade possibilities since that seemed to be the only focus. I also would have liked to see the unused space above the umbrellas, to be adapted for PV\’s to power the lights below, otherwise, the wasted power for the lights are only resolving the safety concerns they had created. However, the sun is only one of many issues here. The people still have to travel a far distance between amenities. There is nothing bringing people to the \”plaza\” other then to be shaded by their mistake. I also would have liked to see one person randomly walking around in the photos. Unless vendors and small markets set up frequently in this space, I fear a lonely future for this design.

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