Seville's new public canopy is on schedule for completion next summer
With one year left on the countdown clock, construction of the unique Metropol Parasol in Seville is ticking along happily.
Designed by J. MAYER H. architects, the Parasol will provide a new elevated public plaza for residents and visitors of the medieval city.
After finishing the concrete works in 2008, the parasols are now under construction and the three dimensional form is taking shape with a plinth and columns currently visible. The intricate and voluminous design is set to become a modern icon for the city and one which it is hoped will encourage a new urban centre at the Plaza de la Encarnacion. The form provides a flexible space for a combination of leisure and commerce.
Already designated for the 'Metropol Parasol' scheme is 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.