The Metropol Parasol project was completed in April 2011. The redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnación is a new landmark and unique urban space within the dense fabric of the medieval inner city of Seville. In June 2011, architect Jürgen Mayer H and his team from J Mayer H Architekten in Berlin celebrated the completion of Metropol Parasol at the first seated dinner to be served in the tapas bar at the top of the iconic structure. The dinner, by invitation of the main contractor, was held in the raw shell of what is to be a tapas bar.
Since completion of Metropol Parasol, the Plaza de la Encarnación has been re-energized with adjacent shops reporting record sales and eager queues of sevillanos and tourists ascending by elevator to enjoy stunning views of the city from a new perspective. Metropol Parasol has become the city’s new icon, with ceremonies and interviews traditionally shrouded in the town hall or city square now taking advantage of the city’s new landmark. A testament to the social and economic benefits in addition to new material technologies and contemporary architecture, the building is also enjoying widespread support after initially facing divided opinions.
Official completion of Metropol Parasol
The iconic structures house an archaeological museum below ground, farmers market in the center, and elevated plaza, bars, restaurants and a panorama terrace on top of the “parasols” top. The structures are one of the largest and most innovative bonded timer constructions with a polyurethane coating. Growing out of the archaeological excavation site into a contemporary landmark, the project has created a compelling relationship between the historical and contemporary city. Metropol Parasol has a mixed-use character that initiatives a dynamic development for culture and commerce in the heart of Seville.
Metropol Parasol’s Market Hall officially opened
A celebration was held on December 19, 2010 to mark the partial completion of the Metropol Parasol project. Festivities began with the opening of the market hall. The project has become a new icon for Seville and explores the potential of the Plaza de la Encarnación to become the new contemporary urban centre. Its role as a unique urban space within the dense fabric of the medieval inner city of Seville allows for a great variety of activities such as memory, leisure and commerce. A highly developed infrastructure helps to activate the square, making it an attractive destination for tourists and locals alike.
The Metropol Parasol scheme with its large structures offers an archeological site, a farmers market, an elevated plaza, multiple bars and restaurants underneath and inside the parasols, as well as a panorama terrace on the very top of the parasols. Realized as an innovative timber-construction with a polyurethane coating, the parasols grow out of the archeological excavation site into a contemporary landmark. The columns become prominent points of access to the museum below as well as to the plaza and panorama deck above, defining a unique relationship between the historical and the contemporary city.
Model of the project acquired by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York
A 1:200 scale model of the Metropol Parasol project has been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art New York Fund for the Twenty-First Century.See more
Following five regional competitions, 15 Award-winning projects will now compete in the first global Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects. The global phase of the competition showcases the best entries from more than 1500 submissions from 118 countries, and encourages innovative, future-oriented and tangible approaches within the building and construction industry.Holcim Awards competition goes global » pour en savoir plus (French) » más información (Spanish) » leia mais (Portuguese) » lesen Sie mehr (German) » per saperne di piú (Italian) » 更多详情 (Chinese) »
Third prize of USD 25,000 went onto Jürgen Mayer H., architect from Berlin, and Carlos Merino, engineer from Madrid. Their project Metropol Parasol is an architecturally convincing redesign of a central but virtually abandoned market square in Seville.
“This building is a genuine monument that stresses the importance of the marketplace in the city. It is an aesthetically pleasing response to the frequently criticized loss of public space,” reasons the jury.
The giant parasols in mushroom form that shade the square respond in a sustainable way to the climate of southern Spain. The site becomes an attractive center that offers space for all forms of social activity – it could even develop into a tourist attraction with global pull.Media release – Prizes for sustainable construction projects in Europe » lesen Sie mehr (German) » pour en savoir plus (French) » más información (Spanish) » per saperne di piú (Italian) »
With a high degree of competence, the project demonstrates an innovative layering of varied cultural and commercial programs that serves to revitalize a historical town square. Directly confronting the loss of public space, the work convincingly integrates urban, architectural, and landscape design to create a sustainable response to the contemporary challenges facing the region.
The work also manifests an ethically conscious position in that it promotes a reinforced sense of communal identity for a diverse range of social groups, providing them an original perspective on the city and offering a place for dialogue and exchange.
The project presents a credible economic catalyst for the local market that is simultaneously ecologically sensitive to the context. Skillfully handled is the creation of a microclimate that adaptively reacts to the intense climatic conditions of the region. The hybrid combination of commerce and tourism presents a convincing and feasible model for cross-financing the required investments to implement such a project.
This project deserves special merit for achieving the highest of architectural standards and creating a work that promises to have beneficial and long-term impact on reactivating collective recognition of the city and its culture.See more
The design is located in southern Europe in a peripheral region of Spain. Proposed is a covered market on the main square of an old town, a square currently squandered as a parking lot. The new roof acts as an umbrella shading the social activities below.
The project responds to the emergence of large shopping centers at the periphery of the city by attempting to reinstitute the value of public space within the urban fabric. Additionally, the structure is conceived as a landmark and combines a series of functions: a metro station, an archaeological site, a parking garage, the market, and on the roof a belvedere for tourists visiting the town. This is a commendable effort by city officials to promote their small city within a highly competitive market and to create identity through the power of architecture by means of programmed activities on the square both day and night.Download project entry poster (PDF, 5.87 MB) »See more
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Jürgen Mayer H, project author of Metropol Parasol, Seville, Spain on the Holcim Awards