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article imageWorld's largest wooden sculpture in Seville

Seville - The undulating Metropol Parasol shade-capturing sculpture in Seville Spain, also the world's largest timber-framed structure, designed by Jurgen Mayer H. Architects, was profiled by Inhabitat and has captured news media attention since it opened in March.
Located at Plaza de la Encarnacion where a parking garage had been planned, the innovative, neutral-toned polyurethane-coated bonded timber shelter Metropol Parasol that covers a community center, museum, farmer's market and restaurant, with stores and stairs between, and offers wondrous rooftop promenade city views, contrasts on purpose with its medieval neighborhood, Inhabitat reported, claiming Metropol Parasol "defines Seville’s iconic cultural role, meshing a historic archaeological destination with a sleek contemporary landmark."
But reader comments following the Inhabitat article reveal controversy also surrounds this unique building that cost about 123 million euros.
Many locals like the expensive, high-tech 150 by 70 meter super-shade anyway. It was built to keep tourists cool and add Seville to the modern architecture tour map, and neighbors have nick-named its six flowing giant parasols "the mushrooms," according to the tourism information website Andalucia.com.
The fact that this complicated, massive structure that took six years to build, and was unveiled amid the country's financial crisis, is held together by glue is what amazed Co.design's senior editor Suzanne Labarre the most.
She linked to Architect magazine's detailed description of the construction process that assures the glue is high-tech too, sufficiently advanced to hold the long-spanning, free-sculpted spectacle together through Seville's sunny, hot afternoons.
Though industry experts have marveled, not all experts agree Metropol Parasol is marvelous: Rowan Moore, an architecture reviewer for the Guardian, explained in detail why he opines the visually arresting building may hold together physically, yet fail to connect artistically.
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