Case Studies Metropol Parasol

By October 19 , 2016

Metropol Parasol, the redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnacíon in Seville, designed by J. MAYER H. Architects, already became the new icon for Seville, a place of identification and to articulate Seville’s role as one of the world´s most fascinating cultural destinations. Metropol Parasol developed 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.

panoramaPanorama terrace on the very top of the parasols
impressiveThe impressive timber structures

The Metropol Parasol scheme with its impressive timber structures offers an archaeological museum, 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 one of the largest and most innovative bonded timber constructions with a polyurethane coating, the parasols grow out of the archaeological excavation site into a contemporary landmark, defining a unique relationship between the historical and the contemporary city. Metropol Parasols mixed-use character initiates a dynamic development for culture and commerce in the heart of Seville and beyond.

timberOne of the largest and most innovative bonded timber constructions
detailingDetailing of the facade
MixedMixed use character of the structure
bondedDetailing of the bonded timber


Quick Facts

Project: Metropol Parasol (Redevelopment of Plaza de la Encarnacion, Seville, Spain)
Function: archaeological site, farmers market, elevated plaza, multiple bars and restaurants
Structure: concrete, timber and steel
Principal Exterior: timber and granite
Principal interior material: concrete, granite and steel
Construction period: 2005-2011
Renderings: J. MAYER H. Site
area: 18000 Sq m
Building area: 5000 Sq m
Total floor Area: 12670 Sq m
Height of the building: 28.50 m
Building/Cost: 90 Mio Euro Photographs (For all photographs Copy right – “Nikkol Rot Fotografie for Holcim Foundation”)

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