Sevilla: The Fair that Worked

June 10, 2009

At the start of the day we made our way through the campus of the University of Sevilla.

University of Sevilla Courtyard

University of Sevilla Courtyard

From there we headed over to the grounds of the Ibero-American Exposition (photos) of 1929. On the way we saw one of the buildings I had done research on previously, the Infanta Elena Library by Cruz y Ortiz.

Infanta Elena Library

Infanta Elena Library

We were not allowed to take pictures inside but it was really nice how the building wrapped around the interior courtyard and all spaces had a view of this green space.

We then made our way to the end of the Avenue de Rodriguez Caso which is the main axis through the Parque Maria Luisa to the Plaza de Espana.  The Plaza de Espana was the pavilion for the Spanish in 1929 and now is one of the top tourist attractions in Sevilla.

Plaza de Espana

Plaza de Espana

Although it has successfully become a tourist destination this building is left somewhat empty and is very isolated from the rest of the city.  The rest of the fairgrounds have been successfully integrated into the city as Parque Maria Luisa.

Parque Maria Luisa

Parque Maria Luisa

From there we walked through the city and went by a new market that is under construction that will use large free-form canopies that will shade the space.

New Market

New Market

We ended the day in Sevilla at the Alameda de Hercules which is a new plaza that differs from older plazas because there is no differentiation between what is road and walkway.  There are just some bollards that distinguish driving paths making them feel more like part of the plaza.

Alameda de Hercules

Alameda de Hercules

Photos of Sevilla

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