Metropol Parasol is the world’s largest wooden structure. It is located at Plaza de la Encarnacion in the centre of Seville, a Spanish city with unique medieval spirit. The wooden structure rises from concrete bases and reminds us of interlocked honeycomb undulating over the city protecting its historical treasures. The actual site was originally slated to become a parking garage, but after excavations revealed archeological findings the city revaluated its plans. They decided to make the site a museum and community center. It now also houses the local farmers market and a restaurant. Long stairways lead to the elevated rooftop promenades which offer visitors amazing views of the Seville silhouette. Jurgen Mayer H. Architects goal was to bring an innovative project to the city`s landscape. This gigantic construction functions as a roller blind and also protection against adverse weather. It was built in a neutral tone to harmonize the strong contrast of ultra modern structure with the historical city.
source and photographs: inhabitat.com.