The World's Largest Wooden Structure Now Open For Business

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The Metropol Parasol, located in Seville, Spain, just opened its doors to the public and is the world's largest wooden structure. Some pragmatically-minded city planners originally wanted to build a parking garage on the site, then they discovered some artifacts of archaeological significance and opted to build a museum/shopping center instead.

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From the looks of it, the roof is the best part—you can actually go up there and check out views of the entire city. [Design Boom via Inhabitat]

Image Credit: Ignacio Ysasi

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I hope the architects were planning ahead. Wood rots much faster than steel or glass corrodes. It makes me curious if they coated the wood with something to give it longevity or it's compartmentalized and easily replaced.