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Metropol Parasol, Seville, Spain

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.

Iconic success

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.

Last Updated: June 20, 2011
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