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Gigantic Wooden Parasols Are Popping Up in Seville

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On November 17, 2010 @ 6:11 pm In Architecture,Design,Green Building,Urban design | 7 Comments

Metropol Parasol, Jurgen Mayer H. Architects,  J. Mayer H., Seville, spain, urban design, green design, sustainable architecture [1]

Amazingly, the covered courtyard project isn’t just an attempt to give the people of Seville a shady place to hang out. The site was originally meant to be a parking garage, but during excavation in the early 2000s, workers discovered a hidden archaeological site. Thankfully, instead of going on with the original plans, they decided to make the space into a culture and community center [2], which will be called the Plaza de la Encarnacion.

Underground facilities have been constructed to assist with the archaeological dig, while the street level hosts a covered farmer’s market, a public plaza [3], and multiple restaurants and bars. Visitors can also take a promenade up top on the parasols, which will offer incredible views of the city. Access to the museum and archaeological site as well as the rooftop promenade is provided via the columns.

Jurgen Mayer H. Architects, Metropol Parasol, J. Mayer H., Seville, spain, urban design, green design, sustainable architecture [4]

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) [5]. This mesh-like wooden structure [6] 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. [7]

Images and renderings courtesy of Jurgen Mayer H.

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/gigantic-parasols-rise-to-shield-seville-from-sun/metropol-parasol-2/

[2] culture and community center: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/01/renderings-released-for-park51-mosque-and-community-center/

[3] public plaza: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/11/vanishing-mosque-does-double-duty-as-a-public-plaza/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/gigantic-parasols-rise-to-shield-seville-from-sun/metropol-parasol-5/

[5] finnforest-merk (FFM): http://www.finnforest.de/

[6] mesh-like wooden structure: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/29/incredible-pompidou-metz-art-museum-rises-in-france/

[7] + Jurgen Mayer H.: http://www.jmayerh.de/home.htm

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