New Barcelona market build to commence 2009

Niki May Young
Friday 04 Jul 2008

b720 design chosen and construction will begin within six months

The construction of a new market place in Barcelona is to begin at the start of 2009. b720 Architects, the study lead by Fermín Vázquez, won the European-wide competition for the construction of the new Encants Market of Barcelona in April this year, convened by the City Council of Barcelona through the municipal company BIMSA.

The new Fira of Bellcaire market, better known as Encants Vells of Barcelona, will be located in the zone of Bosquet and will be central to the Metropolitan General Plan in the Glories area, an initiative to improve the mobility, public transport services in the area.

The b720 proposal raises a platform (or commercial square) at various levels as a continuous surface suitable for all commercial activities. By bending the platform, the different levels of the street are created, forming a wedge of public activity.

The new facility, defined as "functional, open and future", tries, from a structural point of view, to protect businesses from weather under the deck, but always retaining a sense of outdoor buying. The shops and auction areas will be located primarily at the street level which will form an open commercial space with a main façade to the Meridiana avenue and the Glories square.

The remaining business in the market will include other shops, restaurants, play centres, offices and multipurpose rooms. The project also includes an underground car park with capacity for about 300 cars, loading area, storage area, locker, offices and other auxiliary services.

The cover, the principal component of urban recognition, protects commercial activities and reflects the city inside the market. Each modular structure will have different inclinations to reflect light, atmosphere and landscape.

The surface of the new market will be 32,372 sq m, with a commercial area of 7,520 sq m.

The executive project was given a period of seven months to prepare a budget from a tender of €2.5million. The intention of the City Council of Barcelona is to start the construction in the first half of 2009, with an estimated duration of work for about two years.

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