Seville, Spain (2011)

Metropol Para­sol by Jür­gen Mayer

Lonely Planet (UK) - - Amazing Architecture -

It could be said to be art, not ar­chi­tec­ture. But the Para­sol is def­i­nitely a building, soar­ing over Seville’s once-tired Plaza de la En­car­nación, and, at 150x70m, the largest wooden struc­ture in the world. It was con­tro­ver­sial, took ages, cost dou­ble its orig­i­nal bud­get and gained the in­evitable nick­name Las Se­tas de la En­car­nación – ‘in­car­na­tion’s mush­rooms’. But as a de­vice to cover a mar­ket, pro­vide shade, cre­ate mu­seum space and of­fer tourists a panoramic walk­way atop, the Fin­nish birch-made Para­sol is spectacular. se­tas­de­sevilla. com

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