Spain's Metropol Parasol - Design Bureau

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Spain’s Metropol Parasol

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

by Justin Ray

With a little imagination and 90 million Euro, there's no telling what you can come up with. That is exactly what J. Mayer H. Architects had when they created the epic Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain. The project, built from 2005 to 2011, spans over Seville's Plaza de la Encarnación and holds the record for the world's largest glued timber-construction.

The city made initial plans to convert the plaza into a parking garage, but excavations unveiled significant archeological findings. This galvanized the city to make the site a museum and community center.

Taking the surroundings as inspiration, the architects created a stunning lattice out of a series of neutral woven wooden panels that matches the tone of Seville's existing medieval structures. "The parasols grow out of the archaeological excavation site into a contemporary landmark, defining a unique relationship between the historical and the contemporary city,” says Jürgen Mayer H.  The parasol's base is concrete, made to create a canopy effect and walkways for visitors. The project also features an elevated rooftop that provides a stunning view of the skyline.

Metropol Parasol  boasts a farmers market, an elevated plaza, and a restaurant. It's a thriving public space, and Seville's citizens love it.