Seville’s Maravilloso Wooden, Metropol Parasol

photo © David Franck

The worlds largest wooden structure, Metropol Parasol, makes a “buzz” down in the historic city of Seville, Spain. The  structure “un magnifico” was designed by J. Mayer H. Architects and has a pattern similar to that of honey comb. The construction development originally broke ground back in 2004 and like the “viscosity of honey” finally completed last month in April of 2011. I guess, sometimes, “sweet” things can be worth waiting for. The building’s function will provide open space to the public, a plaza to convene, and will acomodate numerous bars and restaurants. The actual design of the building was to provide shade, which is a commodity in a hot and sunny city like Seville. The building will most definitely become an instant tourist destination.

photo © Fernando Alda

“…the form of this building was inspired by the vaults of Seville’s expansive cathedral – I wanted to create a “cathedral without walls” that would be “democratic” – and also by the handsome trees already in the square.’’ Jürgen Mayer H (

photo © Fernando Alda

photo © Fernando Alda


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