Metropol Parasol – An Icon Of World-Class Timber Engineering

A leading wood products company in Europe, Finnforest has delivered the elements based on Finnforest Kerto LVL to one of the world’s largest timber buildings: Metropol Parasol, an urban centre in Seville, Spain. Architect Jürgen Mayer H. won the competition for redesigning the Plaza de la Encarnación in 2004.

This building, which represents one of the most visionary and exciting urban projects throughout Europe, will no doubt become the town’s new landmark. Metropol Parasol with its six “parasols” is one of the world’s largest timber buildings. The complex timber construction reaches a height of 28 metres and covers a surface area of over 11,000 square metres.

The basement houses an archaeological museum, the ground floor will be used as a market hall, and the roof space can be used for events. At the very top, a 300-square metre restaurant will be located amid the beams of the parasol roof, next to a public promenade affording a magnificent view of the city.

“Metropol Parasol explores the potential of the Plaza de la Encarnación to become the new contemporary urban centre. Its role as a unique urban space within the dense fabric of the medieval inner city of Seville 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,” says architect Jürgen Mayer H., from J. MAYER H. Architects, based in Berlin.

”Metropol Parasol is a highly complex wood composite structure setting a totally new level for timber engineering. It is perhaps the most complex timber structure ever built. Extremely large dimensions, three-dimensional load bearing system and creative geometrical forms have been great challenges both for the use of wood, but also for engineering skills. The final result shows that Finnforest has managed to accomplish the challenges together with construction company Sacyr, our customer,” says Mika Kallio, head of Building Products, Finnforest.

The Metropol Parasol makes a strong statement also in terms of engineering technology. Three characteristics make this project stand out in particular: use of highly load-bearing Finnforest Kerto LVL, and post-curing using an epoxy resin, as well as application of a polyurethane spray coating.

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