Spain’s ancient Andalusian city of Córdoba is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and not the place that you’d expect to find cutting-edge modern architecture. But away from the city’s glorious historic quarter the Madrid-based architecture group ParadesPino has developed a clever, multi-purpose community space. The Centro Abiertode de Actividades Ciudanas is now home to a twice a week market and a variety of public events.
The steel umbrellas, with diameters between 21 and 45 feet, bring color and a bit of fun to the city’s dull modern center. You can watch a fascinating Youtube video on the design, development and installation of the project.