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The Amazing Metropol Parasol // Arup Group

One of the largest wooden structures in the world becomes the center piece of historic and vibrant, Sevilla, Spain. The story behind the community and the development of the Metropol Parasol is extraordinary. Watch Arup Group‘s latest video to find out.


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