SEVILLA, SPAIN. A not to be missed modern spectacle in the traditional, beautiful Sevilla. Metropol Parasol, also known as Las Setas, is a gigantic, mushrooming building in La Encamación Square. It was opened in 2011 and designed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann.
Before this structure was built, it was the site of a historical market (which was reincorporated back into this new structure). In 1973, development on a new building began and was frozen when Roman and Andalusian ruins were found. Construction on Las Setas eventually began in 2005 after Jurgen Mayer-Hermann won the contract for his design. The structure was supposed to be completed in 2007, but during construction it was questioned whether the structure would be technically feasible. Eventually, these problems were fixed, but it is said to have cost the city a lot of money (rumors of 100 million euros).
The building is made of wood, concrete, and steel. These materials were chosen so as to not be intrusive. Mayer-Hermann said the design was inspired by the trees of Sevilla, which provide shade. It has been a little controversial to have a modern structure in such an old-fashioned city.
On the bottom floor is Antiquarium, a museum that features the Roman and Moorish items that were recovered. On the next floor is a market with vendors of fruits, vegetables, meats, and fish. Above that is an open-air plaza through which to wander. The structure provides shade for this area, which is very necessary because Sevilla is known for its warm summers. For three euros, you can take an elevator to the top and walk through paths that take you through the top of the structure. From above, you have great views of the city and new perspectives on this massive sculpture. Even better, the entrance fee includes a free drink at a bar on the top.
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