The amazing structure that is Metropol Parasol can be found in Plaza de la Encarnacion, Seville, Spain. Completed in 2011 this large sweeping form engulfs the square in which it sits, framing the buildings that cower in it’s shadow. There are 6 mushrooming parasols that flow into each other and although seemingly stark it is incredibly organic and beautiful!
We visited the square on a glorious Sunday morning and to our delight found that we were the only people there for a good while … such a treat to walk around and under this incredible construction alone, quietly and uninterrupted! And more was yet to come as we discovered that we could go up in a lift and take in the best 360 views of the city that you’ll find hard to beat! Not only was there wonderful open, viewing platforms but you can literally walk over and around the whole undulating structure – it was breathtaking!
As intriguing and aesthetically pleasing in our eyes as it was, we did wonder how it had ever gotten built as it really did butt up to the surrounding properties, casting long and looming shadows where once the residents must have enjoyed light and clear views across this pleasant square … it was a bold and controversial decision that’s for sure! And once we were up and out walking the viewing decks you could see and feel how imposing this form is – it’s quite a statement! We wouldn’t want to live under it’s network of slats and bolts but as a place to experience and visit we absolutely loved it!
The design and shape inspiration was taken from the vaults of Seville’s Cathedral along with the form of locally growing Ficus trees. One thing we couldn’t get our heads around though is that apparently this whole architectural marvel is made of wood ?! Birch imported especially because of it’s strong and straight qualities but we were flummoxed by this, as even close up in bright sunshine it all looked like metal to us!!
And as we made one last lap of the sweeping walkway we could hear church bells ringing in the distance and we had now been joined by other visitors so there was chatter and movement all around us – our private viewing now over! This is definitely well worth seeing and if you can get there before the crowds arrive – even better!