Seville's flashy new showcase is held together by extra-strong glue – but not quite enough to make its many parts connect.

This article titled “Metropol Parasol, Seville by Jürgen Mayer H – review” was written by Rowan Moore, for The Observer on Sunday 27th March 2011 00.04 UTC

Oh my God, it's an icon. How very last decade. Did the city of Seville not get the memo? Big, flashy buildings are out; hair shirts are in. Then again, building projects are slow things, especially when they have hugely ambitious and untried structural ideas. In 2004, when the Metropol Parasol project was launched, and Spain felt flusher than it does now, few were thinking it would open after the country was hit by one of the worst of the European Union's many financial crises. As it is, like the grandiose new City of Culture of Galicia complex in Santiago de Compostela, it looks like a late work of bubble baroque.

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