Metropol Parasol

Berlin based Jurgen Mayer H. demonstrated in their design of the Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain that while plywood, metal and glue go a long way back in the building industry, they can always be pushed further. When it comes to how laminated wood pieces are shaped, coated, and how large a structure they can create, the possibilities open up.

With its 40,000 connection points between conjoined segments of the structure, the spatial configuration and sectional layering make it not just a shading canopy and elevated plaza, but also a farmer’s market, restaurant, shopping center, roof promenade and archeological museum. Ultimately, this is a machine for revitalizing public space in the heart of an old city.

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