Mercat Santa Caterina // Enric Miralles

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The Mercat Santa Caterina is a new market-hall designed by  Enric Miralles – Benedetta Tagliabue Studio. The new market stands on the site of an old convent – an impressive open space in this cramped Barcelona neighborhood. The market retains the existing convent walls but lofts over the entire space with an undulating arched roof which extends out over the surrounding streets. This project is part of broader neighborhood revitalization, and while the market structure itself if certainly impressive, the function of the market as a form of ‘Urban Actupuncture‘ is particularly relevant to this thesis. The market serves as an important focal point for the surrounding neighborhood – the super-narrow alleys and maze-like spaces form an almost impenetrable mat on all sides – and the open space functions well as a thoroughfare, an economic engine, and once the market is closed – a vital neighborhood ‘space of location.’

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The market itself is bound by the old convent walls, but the new roof dramatically re-aligns and redefines the space. Using large steel trusses and clumps of angled steel columns the roof hovers above the street and market. Clad with colorful tiles – a mosaic abstracted from market produce – the work is extremely conscious of its position within the neighborhood and structures itself to maximize its impact.

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Market Interior

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Photo by Michiel van Raaij


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Photo by Michiel van Raaij


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