Update: Metropol Parasol / J. Mayer H. Architects

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Spring 2011 marks the opening of “Metropol Parasol”, the Redevelopment of Plaza de la Encarnación in Sevilla, designed by J. MAYER H. Architects. After finishing the concrete works in 2008, the parasols are under construction now. Visiting the site at the moment gives an impressive imagination of the final dimension and appearance.

The project becomes the new icon for Sevilla, – a place of identification and to articulate Sevillas role as one of Spains most fascinating cultural destinations. “Metropol Parasol” explores the potential of the Plaza de la Encarnacion to become the new contemporary urban centre. Its role as a unique urban space within the dense fabric of the medieval inner city of Sevilla 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.

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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 polyurethan 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. “Metropol Parasols” mixused character initiates a dynamic development for culture and commerce in the heart of Sevilla.

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Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Andre Santer, Marta Ramírez Iglesias, Jan-Christoph Stockebrand, Marcus Blum, Ana Alonso de la Varga, Paul Angelier, Hans Schneider, Thorsten Blatter, Wilko Hoffmann, Claudia Marcinowski, Sebastian Finckh, Alessandra Raponi, Olivier Jacques, Nai Huei Wang
Competition Team: Juergen Mayer H, Dominik Schwarzer, Wilko Hoffmann, Ingmar Schmidt, Jan-Christoph Stockebrand, Julia Neitzel, Klaus Küppers, Georg Schmidthals, Daria Trovato

International Competition: 1. Prize, 2004
Project: 2005-2010
Completion: Spring 2011
Client: Ayuntamiento de Sevilla and SACYR

Management Consultant: Dirk Blomeyer
Technical Consultant for Competition 2nd phase only and Multidisciplinary Engineers for Realization: ARUP GmbH
Technical Support for Plants – Competition 2nd Phase only: Coqui-Malachowska-Coqui with Thomas Waldau
Translation competition text: Carmen Diez

Plexi-Model: Werk 5
Photographer: Uwe Walter
Timber-Model: Finnforest Merk
Construction-Site Photos: J. MAYER H. Architects

Cite: Saieh, Nico. "Update: Metropol Parasol / J. Mayer H. Architects" 21 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=97661>

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    I have a love hate relationship with this project. It is somewhat captivating with its flowing form and huge scale. However, I don’t see how it relates to the context or how it is functional at all. And there is so much material I can’t help but wonder what the embodied energy is and whether it was worth building. It is definitely an interesting project.

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