Metropol Parasol is one of the most creative and outstanding redevelopment of the city square – Plaza de la Encarnacion in Seville, Spain. In 2004 German Architect Jurgen Mayer H. won the competition of creating a new iconic place for Seville. 2011 Mayer presented the new world’s largest wooden structure in style of urbanism of the 21st century. The bizarre frame, shaped as a gigantic mushroom, consists of 8000 wooden items, covering 5000 sq m of the Plaza (the size is 150 by 70 meters, built on 4 levels with a maximum height of 26 meters).
It took a series of complicated computer calculations to design and build such a strong structure, considering each piece of the puzzle and its placement – any small change would impact the whole building. Each wooden piece is unique in shape and doesn’t have a repetition. Parts of the new landmark are connected with steel bars and a special glue (developed specially for the structure) – a very risky step taking into account severe summer temperatures in Spain. The construction of Metropol Parasol cost 90 million euros (around 130 million dollars). One of the main purposes of the giant mushroom is to protect the remains of the Roman architecture (archeology museum now) – partly determining the shape and dimension of the building – and at the same time the commercial side of attracting more tourists to Seville and Spain.