mateo arquitectura remodels barcelona's el ninot market
 
mateo arquitectura remodels barcelona's el ninot market
jun 28, 2015

mateo arquitectura remodels barcelona's el ninot market

mateo arquitectura remodels barcelona’s el ninot market
photography by adrià goula
all images courtesy of mateo arquitectura

 

 

 

mateo arquitectura has recently completed the remodeling of barcelona’s ‘el ninot’ market, which as a result of its central location forms an important node in the city’s food distribution network. one of the first decisions in the design process was to maintain the building’s characteristic metal structure, to encourage both natural ventilation and illumination. the scheme’s approaches have also been reorganized, unifying circulation routes in a combined space in the main foyer, which now offers an overview of the entire marketplace.

 

 


remodeling of el ninot market in barcelona
video courtesy of mateo arquitectura

 

 

 

both the building’s façades and its roof canopy have been reconfigured to allow natural light to enter, while controlling potentially harmful solar radiation. this is achieved through a system of perforated slats that regulate the entry of natural light. in addition, lateral façades integrate outdoor stalls set inside the building. to bring the market in line with present-day needs, the subsoil was excavated creating two underground floors that contain a car park, a supermarket, loading bays and storage space.

mateo arquitectura ninot market renovation barcelona designboom
a new lower level includes a supermarket and car park

 

 

 

‘rather than changing the visible volume, we changed the surfaces that enclose it to improve the conditions of use,’ explains architect josep lluís mateo. ‘the market relates with the city by communicating this use; the streets and the plazas that are gained are places of exchange, not just of transit.’

mateo arquitectura ninot market renovation barcelona designboom
the façades and roof canopy have been redesigned to allow natural light to enter

mateo arquitectura ninot market renovation barcelona designboom
dynamic façades integrate outdoor stalls set

mateo arquitectura ninot market renovation barcelona designboom
the building’s characteristic metal structure has been maintained

mateo arquitectura ninot market renovation barcelona designboom
the façade can be closed when not in use

mateo arquitectura ninot market renovation barcelona designboom
perforated slats regulate the entry of natural light

mateo arquitectura ninot market renovation barcelona designboom
elevation detail

mateo arquitectura ninot market renovation barcelona designboom
the entrance to the market

mateo arquitectura ninot market renovation barcelona designboom
the project under construction

 

 

project info:

 

project: remodeling of the ninot market, barcelona, 2015
author: josep lluís mateo
client: immb-institut municipal de mercats de barcelona
site: calle mallorca 135, barcelona
construction: 2015
surface: 16.184 sqm
engineering / budget control/ security and health standards: mur garganté
structural engineering: BOMA
photography: adrià goula

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