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Metropol Parasol: The World’s Largest Wooden Structure Opens in Seville
Posted By Lori Zimmer On April 24, 2011 @ 2:33 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Green Building,Green Materials,Innovation,Sustainable Materials | 23 Comments
The Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain, by Jurgen Mayer H. Architects, is the world's largest wooden structure. We've been following this amazing design since its planning phase, and now the fantastic project is finally complete! Located at Plaza de la Encarnacion, the beautiful series of undulating parasols comprise the world's largest wooden structure. Metropol’s interlocking honeycomb of wooden panels rise from concrete bases, which are positioned to form canopies and walkways below the parasols.
Photo © Fernando Alda 
Jurgen Mayer H. Architects goal with Metropol Parasol’s neutral tone was to help harmonize the stark contrast  of the ultra-modern structure with the medieval surroundings of Seville. Stairways and storefronts sit below the wooden parasols, which form the largest wooden structure  in the world. The innovative structure is made from bonded timber with a polyurethane coating.
The actual site was originally slated to become a parking garage, but after excavations revealed archeological findings, the city of Seville decided to make the site a museum and community center. Metropol Parasol now houses said museum, a farmers market, an elevated plaza, and a restaurant, most of which are open-air. The elevated rooftop promenades located on top of the parasols, offer visitors amazing views of the city.
Seville is a city with rich history and a unique medieval inner city. Metropol Parasol defines Seville’s iconic cultural role, meshing a historic archeological destination with a sleek contemporary landmark.
Additional Photographs + Fernando Alda 
Lead photo © Ignacio Ysasi
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/metropol-parasol-the-worlds-largest-wooden-structure-opens-in-seville/metropolparasolalda/
 Fernando Alda: http://www.fernandoalda.com
 stark contrast: http://inhabitat.com/vertical-bamboo-towers-are-high-tech-and-primitive-at-the-same-time/
 wooden structure: http://inhabitat.com/the-nest-a-wild-wood-tree-house-that-sways-23-ft-off-the-ground/
 + Jürgen Mayer H. Architects: http://www.jmayerh.de/home.htm
 + Fernando Alda: http://www.fernandoalda.com/index.php?Opc=106&Lng=2&Par1=388
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