j. mayer h. architects: metropol parasol now complete j. mayer h. architects: metropol parasol now complete
mar 25, 2011

j. mayer h. architects: metropol parasol now complete

‘metropol parasol’ by j. mayer h. architects, seville, spain image © ignacio ysasi

designboom has been closely following the construction of j. mayer h. architects, ‘metropol parasol’, a project that is now complete. set to open on march 27th, the concrete and parasol structure will become an icon and urban center for seville, articulating the city as a cultural destination.

overall structure image © ignacio ysasi

the largely open-air volume houses a variety of programs, including a museum, farmers market, elevated plaza and restaurant, and is intended as a place that will activate the public square, making it attractive for both tourists and locals.

entrance image © angel vilches

a dense fabric of organically woven and undulating panels compose the space and starkly contrast the medieval environment that surrounds it. realized as one of the largest and most innovative timber constructions of our time, the parasols grow out of the archaeological site into a contemporary landmark and symbol that defines the integration of tradition and modernism. 

columns image © ignacio ysasi

underside of canopy images © ignacio ysasi

detail image © ignacio ysasi

intersecting parasols image © ignacio ysasi

viewing platform image © ignacio ysasi

aerial view of site image © fernando alda

floor plan / level 0 image courtesy of j. mayer h. architects

floor plan image courtesy of j. mayer h. architects

floor plan image courtesy of j. mayer h. architects

floor plan image courtesy of j. mayer h. architects

floor plan image courtesy of j. mayer h. architects

diagram of roofimage courtesy of j. mayer h. architects

section image courtesy of j. mayer h. architects

section image courtesy of j. mayer h. architects

section image courtesy of j. mayer h. architects

longitudinal section image courtesy of j. mayer h. architects

longitudinal section image courtesy of j. mayer h. architects

longitudinal section image courtesy of j. mayer h. architects

  • its nice and everything, but I cant help feeling it would have been even nicer left as a sketch without wasting all that wood

    sorry to be a philistine... says:
  • Time will tell. The success of its programming will be very important and – of course – whether the people of Seville embrace it.

    JAH says:
  • indeed

    why build anything?

    much better to leave everything on paper

    even better leave it in pixels!

    someday we can all forget about living in the real world at all and just exist as binary information

    wouldn’t that be swell

    sorry to be a sarcastic SOB says:
  • you are not philistines. you are crybabies. much worse.

    korbanzo says:
  • I like your response, ‘sorry to be a sarcastic SOB’

    These plans are amazing, and to see them carried out so well is magnificent.

    While environmental issues are to be considered, the culture that something like this provides could be legendary.

    I would love to visit Spain and see something modern coexist with the elegant, medieval landscape of buildings already there.

    TheBeatnik says:
  • its work of a true passionate person……..
    very well crafted………:)

    khalid bin kabir says:
  • aberración

    ro says:
  • Unsightly. Is Blobism dead?

    http://stylembe.wordpress.com/ says:
  • uma obra um pouco palerma!….

    dr Costa Macedo says:
  • I am from Seville and I saw it yesterday. and I can tell you that it is absolutely astonishing. It is incredible to see people’s faces amazed waching this galacic sructure landing in such a traditional city. I have to admit that I always loved this proyect, and I have to admit that many people in Seville don’t like it. But you know what? Most of parisians hated tour Eiffel in the beginning…

    heliotropo says:
  • i think most parisians still do not like the eiffel tower – especailly the recent light displays at night.

    jonas says:
  • I’m in awe of the city of Seville for doing something so bold and to all who designed, engineered and built such a stunning architectural feature. Whether Parisians love or hate the Eiffel tower, or however Aussies feel about the Sydney Opera House, they are undeniably cultural talking points and visitor attractions. The Metropol-Parasol jumps immediately into this league.

    Accoya-Me-More says:
  • No entiendo porqué todos los comentarios son en inglés, tratándose de una obra en España. Mi visión es que no importa si nos gusta o no a los que vemos estas imágenes digitales, sino los costos y beneficios sociales de la obra: la gente común usa más y mejor la plaza? o se trata de un lugar al que sólo acceden los bien vestidos y pudientes? Por las fotos, no parece haber un impacto negativo en el entorno, pero eso lo deben evaluar los usuarios.

    Graciela Pedemonte says:

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