Friday Fix: Las Setas de la Encarnación (Incarnación's mushrooms), Seville.

This is the nineteenth edition of my bi-weekly series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur you (and me) on through our final day in the office. The idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible places I've ever found in a format you can digest in your coffee break...


Las Setas (Mushrooms), Seville, Spain

At 26 metres high and 150 long, the Metropol Parasol (commonly known as Las Setas de la Encarnación) claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world. The giant mushrooms create a merciful umbrella of shade over the scorching city, spilling their hash-tag pattern out into the expanse of blue sky. Although it's difficult to place modern architecture in the midst of Seville's historical magnificence, I felt the use of natural material and a sweeping organic structure filled this otherwise ugly space with a elegant reminder of the city's development. 

Berlin's Jurgen Mayer H., the building's architect is said to have found inspiration in Spain's native trees and the vaulted ceiling of Seville Cathedral. The result lends itself towards a design resting on several large pillars, aiming to protect the Roman ruins underground.

It could be argued that the millions spent on these mushrooms' construction would have been put to better use elsewhere during the savage years of Europe's recession, but why change the tradition of a millennium?

Las Setas (Mushrooms), Seville, Spain

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