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    12. Day 5 - El nou Mercat de Santa Caterina, 2nd visit

    Aaron Plewke Oct 18 '06 3
    image on our first visit to the market we arrived too late to get inside...so, a couple days later we returned, this time in the morning. imageimage the colorful roof pattern is echoed everywhere - in the goods being sold, in people's clothing, on the signage. At first glance the bold roof can be shocking, but the longer you sit there and watch the activity beneath it, the more you realize that it is a thoughtful complement to the city, the site and the specific program. image around back, between the market and the attached housing (to the right, outside of the image frame). The residential portion of the project (also by EMBT) is for senior citizens. Although the housing is adjacent to the public spaces of the market, it also has its own smaller, private courtyard. imageimage headed inside...
    image below the roof, within the walls. While the bold roof energizes the building's exterior, it gives the inside an entirely different character. The arching overhead plane is secondary to the experience of the space inside. The deep shadow it creates is calming. The focus is on the fruit stand, the butcher's case and people - shoppers and merchants. These things define the scale of the experience.
    imageimageimage an earlier scheme shows the roof extending further than it does in the realized version. imageimage source for 3 scans above: EMBT Arquitectes, Paco Asensio, ed. 2003 teNeues Publishing Group
     

     
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