The World's Largest Wooden Urban Sculpture

The Metropol Parasol
Fernando Alda

Classically Inspired
Jürgen Mayer H., the designer of the structure, has said, "The form of this building was inspired by the vaults of Seville's expansive cathedral — I wanted to create a 'cathedral without walls.' "

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