Metropol Parasol, one of the world's biggest wooden constructions, was build with Kerto-Q LVL

Metropol Parasol - one of the world’s largest wooden buildings

Location Plaza de Encarnacion, Seville Spain
Building Year 2005-2011
Architect J. Mayer H., Berlin, Germany
Structural Design Metsä Wood and Arup
Constructor Sacyr, Spain
Customer City of Seville
Products Used Kerto LVL
Type Special Constructions

Kerto LVL used in complex structures

​A few facts

Metropol Parasol, one of the largest timber constructions in the world, is built from 3,400 individual wooden elements and 3,000 load-bearing connection nodes. ​

The wood elements are up to 16.5 metres in length with thicknesses ranging from 68–311 mm.

​​​A word from the architect

​​Metropol Parasol is Seville’s new iconic project – an attraction that showcases the city as one of Spain’s most fascinating cultural destinations.

Metropol Parasol has ‘revitalised’ the Plaza de la Encarnacion to become the new, contemporary urban centre. Its role as a unique urban space within the dense fabric of the medieval inner city of Seville allows for a great variety of activities such as history, leisure and commerce. Its highly developed infrastructure has fashioned the square into an attractive destination for tourists and locals alike.

The Metropol Parasol with its large parasol structures offers an archeological museum, a farmers market, an elevated plaza, multiple bars and restaurants both beneath and inside the parasols, as well as a panorama terrace on the very top.​

The parasols rise from the museum into a contemporary landmark. Its columns are prominent points of access to the museum below as well as to the plaza and panorama deck above, defining a unique relationship between the historical and contemporary city. Metropol Parasols character initiates a dynamic development for culture and commerce in the heart of Seville.​


​Met​​​sä Wood​​

Metropol Parasol is approximately 50 m long, 75 m wide and 28 m high. The elements are glued Kerto LVL Q-panels, which are arranged in an orthogonal grid of 1.5 m x 1.50 m. Only Kerto is able to be used in large and complex structures such as the Metropol Parasol due to its excellent strength-to-weight ratio. Kerto is incredible strong yet light building material. Züblin Timber, a German component manufacturer, produced over 3,000 different Kerto wood elements, comprising a total volume of approximately 2,500 m³ of parallel laminated veneer lumber (LVL). The wooden structure is covered by 2-c-polyurethan to protect the elements against the weather.

Integral planning and the intense electronic exchange of data between​ all parties in the planning process were essential elements for the development and construction of Metropol Parasol. The data of the architectural model were directly integrated into the programs of the structural designers, engineers and the construction company.

The perfectly coordinated teamwork between Metsä Wood, the architects Jürgen Mayer H. and the engineers of ARUP gave this unique project its extraordinary character.​

Metropol Parasol was opened in spring 2011.​

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