The Metropol Parasol – Seville’s giant umbrella

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Seville is a glorious city. Known as the “frying pan of Spain”, it’s famed in Iberia for the sheer amount of sunshine it receives. During these hot months vast parasols are drawn over the streets, taking the edge off the blazing orb in the sky. In 2004, the city commissioned an architectural work that draws on this tradition – a giant umbrella structure, designed by J Mayer, which is the centre-point of the regeneration of the Plaza de la Encarnacíon. We‘re not quite sure what it actually does, but as the world’s largest wooden building, suffice to say we’re impressed. 








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