Seville, Spain has opened the Metropol Parasol for business.  This combination museum/shopping center, design by j. mayer h. architects, goes down in history as the largest wooden structure to date.  Ironically, as happens far to often - the city simply wanted to place a parking garage in this location, but a few archaeological finds below the site thwarted those plans.

The playful organic form and vivid natural colors create quite a contrast when compared to its neighboring structures which make use of a muted color palette.

The museum has become an instant icon within the city.  Thanks to the help of the archaeological finds the designer had a chance to create something within the city that is now seen as a cultural wonder as well.


And yes, I see the giant Goldfish too!  It's okay to laugh.


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