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This large structure in the FG might look like a redeveloped rollercoaster track. But it is 'el Mirador', the fabulous walkway on top of ‘Metropol Parasol’, aka 'Setas (mushrooms) de Sevilla’ . It was designed by Berlin architect Jürgen Mayer. He was inspired by the aults of the Cathedral of Seville and the ficus trees of the Plaza de Cristo de Burgos.

His design proposal was chosen after a competition. The jury saw his proposal as a reconciliation of the work of Antoni Gaudí and Santago Calatrava, which is a little curious. The architects are not so far apart as one might think, considering the distinctly Gaudian pillars of Calatrava’s Estacão do Oriente in Lisboa.

The building process started it 2006 and ended in 2011. The cost was 100 million Euro.

The main function of the ‘Setas’ was to refresh and modernize the urban image of Sevilla. It's on the location of a demolished market and to make up for this, in its bowels is a new food market. It's the largest wooden (laminated birch from Finland), structure in the world. This could have been a fire hazard, were it not that the wood is covered by a fire retardant layer.

At the planning stage there was opposition - the Semana Sancta organizers were against it and, strange enough, a Spanish-German trade organization too. Perhaps it was considered to be too much of a "fremdkörper" in the middle of town. But in the 6 years of its existence is has become an organic element of the town. And the view it offers on the town and its surroundings is wonderful.

Checkout the WS
for a view of the Setas on treet level and one to show you how it looks in colour.

A larger view is: here.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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