Jürgen Mayer H.. Metropol Parasol, Seville, Spain, Scale model 1:200. 2004-2007

Jürgen Mayer H. Metropol Parasol, Seville, Spain, Scale model 1:200 2004-2007

  • Not on view

Within the densely packed fabric of the old city of Seville, the Plaza de la Encarnación was left empty after its nineteenth-century market structures were dismantled in 1973. When Roman ruins were found under the plaza, Seville’s government had to reconsider the significance of this pocket of land. It launched an international design competition for a project that would generate the kind of social exchange and commercial activity that the plaza had once provided the city. In Mayer H.’s winning scheme, mushroom-shaped growths shade the open plaza below, where a raised platform sits atop a new market hall, creating a stage for public events and a new hive of activity. Taking its cues from the vaults of Seville’s cathedral, the design fulfills the architect’s aspiration to create a “cathedral without walls” that would be “democratic” and also establish a unique relationship between the archeological past and the city’s contemporary uses.

Gallery label from 9 + 1 Ways of Being Political: 50 Years of Political Stances in Architecture and Urban Design, September 12, 2012–March 25, 2013.
Medium
Acrylic, fluorescent lights, and polyurethane
Dimensions
13 7/8 x 35 3/8 x 51 1/4" (35.2 x 89.9 x 130.2 cm) 23 3/4" (60.3 cm)
Model maker
Werk5, Berlin and Marcus Blum
Credit
Fund for the Twenty-First Century
Object number
442.2006
Copyright
© 2019 Jürgen Mayer H.
Department
Architecture and Design

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at firenze@scalarchives.com. Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA's Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma.org, please email text_permissions@moma.org. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to archives@moma.org.

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital@moma.org.