Designed by Manrique Olanas Arquitectes + Àgata Vila Fonolleda, the new Public Market in Sant Adrià de Besòs offers a covered plaza and achieves a great continuity within the city.
The new Public Market in Sant Adrià de Besòs is located in the historic centre of the city and the demolition of the previous market building offered a unique opportunity to reclaim the space of the old Market Square. The new market tries to offer a covered plaza to the city. Thus, the building has been designed to achieve a great continuity with the city and the feeling of public space entering the market and capturing its life.
Once the decision of creating a covered plaza was assumed as the driving idea of the project, the efforts were centred on the design of the roof. This roof/first floor contains the supermarket, the market offices and a space with a built-in kitchen to accommodate lectures and cooking courses. Four large skylights cross this level and provide natural light to the market, which occupies the ground floor.
Four large skylights negotiate the relationship between the space of the market and that of the supermarket, adding more complexity to the roof structure. The skylights are equipped with automated control systems so that the windows on the top automatically open or close according to the outside temperature. This system significantly reduces energy consumption and allows the market to achieve thermal comfort without the use of mechanical air-conditioning systems for several months of the year.
Public Market in Sant Adrià de Besòs
Architects: Manrique Olanas Arquitectes (Maria Manrique and Gisela Planas) + Àgata Vila Fonolleda
Structural engineering: BAC Engineering Consultancy Group SL
Engineering: AIA, Arquitectura e Instalaciones
Techical architect: Gecsa-Valeri Consultors UTE
Graphic design: Eulàlia Coma
Area: 10,400 sqm