Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain
The Metropol Parasol is the largest wooden structure in the world, and is located in the Plaza de la Encarnacion of Seville, Spain. It was the first thing I made sure to see when I went to Seville a few months ago. At a price of just €1,30 to take the lift to the panoramic terrace, you can see some of the best views of Seville.
The waffle-like structure was completed in April 2011, and is the result of an architecture competition held by the city of Seville in 2004. The Metropol Parasol is 4 floors high, made out of concrete, timber, and steel – and houses an archaeological site, farmers market, elevated plaza, multiple bars and restaurants, as well as a panoramic terrace on the upper-most level.
This was my first glimpse of the structure peeking behind greenery.
The Metropol Parasol was designed to create shade – something that makes a city as hot as Seville a little more habitable.
This is the cool-looking futuristic elevator that takes you to the top of the viewing platform.
Even on the upper viewing terrace, there’s still places to escape the sweltering sun.
The Parasol is the new landmark in Seville – and is supposed to showcase the city as one of the world’s most fascinating cultural destinations. Now, there’s no doubt that Seville itself is stunning. It’s one of my favourite cities in Europe! But as much as I love the city, and I love this structure … it just seems so out of place.
But then again, the Eiffel Tower must have seemed so out of place in Paris when it was first built. And now it’s one of the most famous structures in the world. Maybe in time, the Metropol Parasol will represent Seville in the same way.
Here is a very cool video (6:34) that explores how the Metropol Parasol affects the people who live and work around it – as well as the historic area in which it sits. Definitely worth a watch if you’ve got a few minutes to spare.
Location of the Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain:
For more information, check out www.metropolsevilla.com!
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