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Gigantic Wooden Parasols Are Popping Up in Seville

by , 11/17/10

Jurgen Mayer H. Architects, Metropol Parasol, J. Mayer H., Seville, spain, urban design, green design, sustainable architecture

The parasols are constructed of timber plates finished with a polyurethane coating — the project is partially funded by the largest European contractor of advanced wooden structures and timber & glass cladding, finnforest-merk (FFM). This mesh-like wooden structure will provide shade below, creating a microclimate that encourages urban activity and community engagement. J. Mayer H. won a competition back in 2004 to design the project, and he was assisted by Arup on the engineering side.

+ Jurgen Mayer H.

Images and renderings courtesy of Jurgen Mayer H.

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  1. FromSeville December 6, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Living in Seville and knowing the project from the beginning, I can only say it has been a complete waste of time and money. It has been delayed several times and has almost doubled the initial budget, up to (hold on tight) €89,6 million.

  2. eshelmsc December 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Did anyone notice how big there are – it would take a century for a tree to grow that large. Clearly they wanted to effect now and didn’t want to wait three generations for trees to grow.

  3. Zeno November 18, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    What is so green about PolyUtrethane coating ???

  4. conundrum49 November 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    actually, i had to comment again (sorry). i think the walkways in the upper part of the structure are cool too. that should have been the first point they mentioned.

  5. conundrum49 November 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    i felt bad leaving it at that. it IS visually pleasing and artistic… I would prefer that they just marketed it as ‘functional art’ rather than making it sound so important

  6. conundrum49 November 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    “Residents and visitors will flock under the giant umbrellas to take refuge in the microclimate while socializing and taking in the city.”

    I love how this is just an overly fancy way of saying that people will enjoy the shade. And I love even more that the whole project is being designed to perform the exact same task as the modern tree. Except instead of sequestering carbon and lessening the heat island effect through evapotranspiration, it will only provide shade and nothing else.

    So essentially its like a tree, but harder to build, a lot more expensive overall, and isn’t even as good. Well done.

  7. or3st3s November 17, 2010 at 7:46 am

    how many trees do they need to chop per structure?

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