CAAC / Paredes Pino

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Architects: Paredes Pino - Fernando G. Pino, Manuel G. de Paredes
Location: Islas Sisargas c/v Formentera c/v Cies, Cordoba,
Collaborators: Raquel Blasco Fraile, David Pérez Herranz
Consultors: Rafael Pérez Morales,Robert Brufau, Xavier Aguiló, María José Camporro, BOMA S.L. (structures), ARGU, Ingeniería (mechanical engineering)
Contractor: Ferrovial
Promotor: Procórdoba. Proyectos de Córdoba Siglo XXI
Project Area: 11,920 sqm
Budget: 3,259,924.66 €
Project Year: 2007-2010
Photographs: Jorge López Conde

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Its location close to the railway station of the AVE high speed train in Cordoba city can take advantage of this gap as a unique opportunity, giving the character and scale necessary to assume as a new focus of interest not only confined to the neighborhood, but as a magnet in conjunction with the city.

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We opted for a solution that allows a wide variety of uses. It offers a covered area, protected from the weather, which will house a temporary market two days a week and other activities at other times.

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It therefore poses a solution based on prefabricated circular elements that vary in height and diameter and arranged in a flexible manner to allow a similar vision of an urban forest of shadows. The parasols also solve the artificial lighting in the same item and allow drainage of water inside.

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Cite: "CAAC / Paredes Pino" 10 Sep 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 19 Sep 2014. <>


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    You know what? The aerial picture looks awesome but I can’t help thinking that the same space with trees would be better. A lot.

    Trees purify air, they provide shade, they are a shelter to life, they’re cheaper than tons of steel and aluminum, etc, etc.

    Sometimes you should practice architecture without building…

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        Sometime in the future, when the colors fade, there is still the possibility of planting sedum on the circular roofs, making all of them green. Or, depending on the planting, different shades of green.

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      Perhaps a combination of trees and umbrellas. I wonder if the depth of the tree canopy would disconnect the users from the sky: if too heavily vegetated. Or if too sparsely vegetated, there might not be enough shade in the not Spanish sun.

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    i really can’t understand how i can get on one of these mushroom.. and i think it will be much better if the architecture itself have more facilities to encourage different kinds of activities

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    The first thing that came to my mind was: these really look good from the sky.. but if you are standing under them, its impossible to see the colours!!! So, what’s the point?

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    We actually think it looks very appropriate for its context. If one looks at the location plan, there appears to be plenty of green space in the immediate vicinity. And the architects’ brief indicates that the space is used for a market 2 days a week. Looks like a great solution for an outdoor market to us.

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    They definitely should upload images taken on market days. These pictures doesn’t represent the idea at the base of the project. This empty space under the big umbrellas doesn’t make any sense.

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    the concept makes more sense as a temporary installation, ie the Mexico Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo. but time will tell whether this project is actually over-engineered or indeed functional and contributes to the community

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    At first glance i was automatically attracted to the design, its brightness and slender design i feel is a modern elegant choice for the public space. However does anyone else think they have slightly gone to far? Maybe a few of these in a smaller area would be better, or splitting the area up with this design and other features? It just seems to be to much.
    Another point, that i can’t quite get my head around is… If they are intended for people to lounge and sit ontop of them like one of the photos implies. Just how do you clamber your way up there?

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    From the aerial view, the color palette of the parasols well reflects its surroundings, the commercial and residential buildings. The experience on the ground seems to lose the excitement of the colors on top. I think it would have been interesting if the parasols were slightly transparent and had a multicolor shadow effect below instead of having a white undercoat. I think forests have a similar effect with the light shining through the canopies, a slight tinge of green in the shadows.

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