Metropol Parasol, Seville

The redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnacíon in Seville, designed by J. MAYER H., articulates Seville's role as one of the world´s 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 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.

The "Metropol Parasol“ scheme with its impressive timber structures offers an archaeological museum, 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 one of the largest and most innovative bonded timber-constructions with a polyurethane coating, the parasols grow out of the archaeological excavation site into a contemporary landmark, defining a unique relationship between the historical and the contemporary city. "Metropol Parasols“ mix-used character initiates a dynamic development for culture and commerce in the heart of Seville and beyond.

Site area: 18000 m2
Building area: 5000 m2
Total floor Area: 12670 m2
Number of floors: 4
Height of the building: 28.50m
Structure: concrete, timber and steel
Principal Exterior: timber and granit
Principal interior material: concrete, granit and steel
Designing period: 2004-2005
Construction period: 2005-2011
Renderings: J. MAYER H.
Building/Cost: €90 Million

J. MAYER H. Architects, Juergen Mayer H.

Project architects: Andre Santer, Marta Ramírez Iglesias

Project team: Ana I. Alonso de la Varga, Dr. Paul Angelier, Thorsten Blatter, Marcus Blum, Sebastian Finckh, Wilko Hoffmann, Olivier Jacques, Claudia Marcinowski, Alessandra Raponi, Hans Schneider, Jan-Christoph Stockebrand, Nai Huei Wang, Dirk Blomeyer (Management Consultant 1st Phase)


Client: Ayuntamiento de Sevilla and SACYR

Architect on site: J. Mayer H., Antonio Fernandez Fraidia, Seville

Structural engineer: Arup GmbH, Madrid

Structural engineer team: Romain Buffat, Kayin Dawoodi, Steffen Janitz, Andres Garzón, Enrique González, Carlos Merino, Estrella Morato, Victor Rodríguez Izquierdo, Volker Schmid, Arup GmbH, Madrid

Building service engineer team: Salvador Castilla, Alborada Delgado, Marta Figueruelo Calvo, Arup GmbH, Madrid

Fire security consultant team: George Faller, Benjamin Barry-Otsoa, Jimmy Jonsson, Arup GmbH, Madrid

Engineers project management: Jose de la Peña, Jan-Peter Koppitz, Arup GmbH, Madrid

Timber engineer and detail design: Finnforest, Aichach

Photographers: David Franck, Ostfildern; Fernando Alda, Seville; Sama Jim Canzian, Vancouver; Nikkol Rot for Holcim

Awards: Holcim Award, Winner Europe Bronze for Sustainable Construction, 2005,  Reddot Award, Winner „best of the best“, 2012, Mies-van-der-Rohe-Award, Finalist, 2013, Civic Trust Award, Winner, 2014

Collection: Mies-van-der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona, Permanent Collection of Museum of Modern Art, New York, Permanent Collection of DAM, Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin Architekturmuseum Technische Universität Berlin