For a city that’s steeped in tradition and old world values, the Metropol Parasol sticks out. Centrally located in La Encarnación square, it’s a straight walk north for ten minutes from the Catedral de Sevilla. The biggest claim for this piece of modern architecture is that it’s the biggest wooden structure in the world.
The wavey wooden structures will make you think of Honeycomb Cereal, but the locals think of them as more of a mushroom shape. It also kind of reminds me of soundwaves. In any event, it’s the natural forms contrasting against the urban landscape which makes an odd, yet interesting addition to the city.
German architecture firm J. Mayer H. designed it to breathe new energy into the area. Local authorities don’t mind the added attention from tourists, even though it set the city back 90 million euros.
If anything, it’s worth a stroll in, around and up top. My suggestion is go in the morning and drop by Virgin Coffee nearby for a cafe con leche so you sit and stare at the weirdness of it.