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Metropol Parasol: The World’s Largest Wooden Structure Opens in Seville

Posted By Lori Zimmer On April 24, 2011 @ 2:33 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Green Building,Green Materials,Innovation,Sustainable Materials | 23 Comments

J. Mayer H. Architects, Metropol Parasol, Seville, Spain, largest wooden structure, Plaza de la Encarnacion, museum, cultural center, jurgen Mayer h, j mayer h, j mayer h architects, Jürgen Mayer H, jurgen Mayer h architects, jurgen Mayer h studio, jurgen Mayer h design, jurgen Mayer h architecture,  j mayer h architecture,  j mayer h studio [3]Photo © Fernando Alda [4]

Jurgen Mayer H. Architects goal with Metropol Parasol’s neutral tone was to help harmonize the stark contrast [5] of the ultra-modern structure with the medieval surroundings of Seville. Stairways and storefronts sit below the wooden parasols, which form the largest wooden structure [6] in the world. The innovative structure is made from bonded timber with a polyurethane coating.

The actual site was originally slated to become a parking garage, but after excavations revealed archeological findings, the city of Seville decided to make the site a museum and community center. Metropol Parasol now houses said museum, a farmers market, an elevated plaza, and a restaurant, most of which are open-air. The elevated rooftop promenades located on top of the parasols, offer visitors amazing views of the city.

Seville is a city with rich history and a unique medieval inner city. Metropol Parasol defines Seville’s iconic cultural role, meshing a historic archeological destination with a sleek contemporary landmark.

+ Jürgen Mayer H. Architects [7]

Additional Photographs + Fernando Alda [8]

Lead photo © Ignacio Ysasi

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URLs in this post:

[1] Metropol Parasol: http://inhabitat.com/gigantic-parasols-rise-to-shield-seville-from-sun/

[2]  : http://inhabitat.com/metropol-parasol-the-worlds-largest-wooden-structure-opens-in-seville/metropolparasol2/?extend=1

[3] Image: http://inhabitat.com/metropol-parasol-the-worlds-largest-wooden-structure-opens-in-seville/metropolparasolalda/

[4] Fernando Alda: http://www.fernandoalda.com

[5] stark contrast: http://inhabitat.com/vertical-bamboo-towers-are-high-tech-and-primitive-at-the-same-time/

[6] wooden structure: http://inhabitat.com/the-nest-a-wild-wood-tree-house-that-sways-23-ft-off-the-ground/

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

[8] + Fernando Alda: http://www.fernandoalda.com/index.php?Opc=106&Lng=2&Par1=388

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