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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Metropol Parasol Architect Juergen Mayer H.

by , 02/11/14
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Inhabitat: What’s been the response you’ve had so far?

Juergen Mayer: Since it opened people are really excited about it. There was some doubt before because it was such a different and new architectural language, but since it opened and became accessible, it’s been extremely busy. People like it — they hang out there at night, they go up — I think they have 1,700 people a day visiting the top right now, so it’s really becoming part of the city.

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Inhabitat: Was there an element of drawing upon nature for inspiration in this design?

Juergen Mayer: We had some references from the city. One was some big trees on a neighboring plaza — we are doing the same type of thing in a built version. There are also references to the Seville Cathedral, which has this beautiful, undulating stone roof. The structure inside of the Cathedral was also inspiration for the form of the Metropol Parasol.  We sometimes call our project an urban, democratic, open cathedral that is held together by the people and the life in the center of the city.


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  1. joeyrobots February 11, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I recently visited and I have to say I was surprised. I didn’t realize that the parasol covers a one story building. To walk under the parasol you have to climb the stairs to the top of the building, where you are met with a vast empty concourse . I guess I expected the plaza to be typical of Spain, a lively public space with cafe tables and people enjoying caña in the shade, but it was absolutely dead. Unfortunately the dearth of street life really detracted from the work for me. Instead of feeling celebratory it felt like another failure among the Spanish governments insane development schemes. I know the architect can’t always control the program, but really this was disappointing. We walked down to the Alcazar and Plaza de Espana where people actually want to be. Colorwise too it seems like a cheery light wood in photos, but up close its just sort of a nasty flat beige, like the color of ugly pants.

  2. architexture August 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Beautiful structure! It reminds me of a chair I saw at the Salone de mobile in 2002. http://mark-naden.com/?category=15#513

  3. emily @ EcoSalon August 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I live in Seville, right down the street from “the mushroom” as it is popularly called, and one question I’ve always had is about the choice of wood. The summer heat is sweltering, as such even in the construction of houses very little wood is used. Rarely will you even see hardwood floors because of morphing and concerns about insulation in the summer heat. Instead, marble or tile is far more typical.

    While the structure is amazing, I wonder if it’s better suited to the climate of Germany than Andalucia.

  4. Wilko August 5, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Dear Jeff, this is Wilko from J.MAYER H.
    To your question: Yes the timber-construction is covered with sparyed on polyurethane for protection.

  5. jeffbarrettdesign August 5, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Now this I have to see. Jurgen we must have been channeling each other a few years back. Check our your sister project:

    http://www.cca.edu/academics/architecture/gallery/9800

    Cool thing is yours got built.
    Nice work
    Oh, I wonder what type of UV coating is on this? Polyurethane?

    Cheers
    Jeff
    http://www.jeffbarrettdesign.com (Home Green)

  6. Yuka Yoneda Yuka Yoneda July 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I didn’t know you can walk on top of it. Incredible!

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