Las Setas de Sevilla (mushrooms) is a wooden structure located at La Encarnación square, in the old quarter of Seville, Spain. It was designed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer and completed in April 2011. The structure is huge; 150m long x 70m wide and 26m high.
The mushrooms completely fill what could be a pleasant square – they would be more impressive in a larger open area where they be viewed from a distance.
The mushrooms didn’t look like they were made from wood – everything looked like metal or some other man-made material.
I like some modern buildings. I’m fine with the Louvre glass pyramid for example. But the mushrooms are out of place here and I’m sure the residents of the surrounding buildings don’t appreciate the view from their windows.
The cost to build was originally estimated at EUR 50 million, but is now said to have cost EUR 100 million. It seems a lot for what is a giant folly, imposing itself on the surroundings, without much architectural merit.
Nonetheless, as tourists, we felt duty bound to visit and take the elevator to the top. The price was EUR 3 per person and apparently included a free drink from the bar at the top. We reached the bar and found this sign:
So much for the ‘free’ drink – they’d be better not to offer anything because I immediately felt cheated.
The walkways around the top were impressive, although if I had to climb stairs, rather than take the elevator, I would have been disappointed. I’ve pasted pictures at the end of this article.
Plaza de la Encarnación, 14, 1ºB
41003 Sevilla – Spain
Sunday – Thursday: 10.00 – 23.00
Friday & Saturday: 10.00 – 23.30
Access to the viewpoint is in the basement next to the entrance to the Antiquarium
The ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time