Barceloneta Market by MiAS Architects
The Spanish firm MiAS Architects designed Barcelona Market. The market is an important social factor for the neighbourhood. The relation that the city has with the market is very important for the project. The building is like a prisoner in its town plan, the pieces for this construction were carried through the streets to their final place. These little pieces created a great reality.
The market has two structures, the old one and the new one, they don’t overlap, are in a false equilibrium. The new structure is metal made, it looks suspended because it is hanged by the old one but it does not touch the ground. Its design is a little bit complicated, it uncurls, curls back up offering hidden spaces. The market curving metal forms are the frames for the glass facade. Its suspended metal shapes are bringing to the neighbourhood a new profile.
This large public square contains also restaurants and shops. As it has a day-to-day continuity and it can be crossed as one does a pedestrian crossing it can be said that the market belongs to its neighbourhood naturally. A market is essential but it can became special if it has different design.