Metropol Parasol

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The first structure we found in Seville is so new that it had not yet found it’s way into the guidebook, so we stumbled across it by chance. Called the Metropol Parasol it is one of the largest timber-based constructions in the world (see more details here: http://www.yatzer.com/Metropol-Parasol-The-World-s-Largest-Wooden-Structure-J-MAYER-H-Architects).

It is a very striking structure but I’m not sure I really fell for it, or felt that it really fitted in Seville. And they had obviously had a few teething problems; witness the rather ugly tape to mark the steps on the walkway. However, I admire the city for having the courage to experiment and be radical. Not every experiment is going to work but if no-one ever tries to test what’s possible innovation dies.

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