Metropol Parasol popularly known as the Mushrooms of the Encarnación (because their fungi shape) is a wooden structure with two columns of concrete which hold the elevators to the spectator viewpoint which is located in the central square of the Encarnación. It is 150 x 70 square meters and 26 meters high, and it was the winning project of the contest opened by the Town hall of Seville to carry out the rehabilitation of the square in which it is located; its designer was the Berlin architect Jürgen Mayer.
The work began on June 26th, 2005, with an estimated cost of 50 million euros, and it was plagued by serious difficulties until 2010. Once they were settled and after having raised the cost of the project up to 86 million euros, it was inaugurated on March 27th, 2011, after its economic increase, its aspect and its location have caused strong feelings both for and against it. Its facilities hold a market with shops and restaurants, a square for different events, views and the museum Antiquarium. Its avant-garde design and tourist functions have turned it into one of the most visited spots in the historical center of Seville, going so far as to have written articles in such newspapers of international prestige as the New Yorker or the Washington Post
In January, 2013, the space Metropol Parasol was chosen from 335 project candidates, as one of five project finalists of the Award of Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe.
Address: Plaza de la Encarnación
Phone: +34 – 954 561 512
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 to 23:00 hours
Friday & Saturday from 10:00 to 23:30 hours
Rates: 3 euros