Mercado Design / Tao Arquitetura

Architect: Paulo Henrique Paranhos
Location: Brasilia,
Collaborators: Eder Alencar, Ana Carolina Vaz
Project year: 2005-2007
Constructed Area: 2,600 sqm
Structure: Yasser Vasconcelos
Installations: Promap
Photographs: Joana França, and Telmo Ximenes

A neighborhood in constant changes where buildings are adapting their destination to commerce and service, this building shows a typology/language trough it’s volumetric and weightlessness, and harmony with its re qualified urbanism environment.

The Mercado Design’s project is born from de knowledge of the building following some concepts: a single building with slightness and permeability that provokes surprise, interest in that it can be revealed. It’s more a provocation to the first look then the explicit revelation in that it can be presented. It is not intended to sell the ” materialized” but talk about the motivations that leads persons to search for bigger values, with best quality for living.

We believe we have designed something that is not limited to palpable issues, but something that can suggest a greater perception.

Cite: "Mercado Design / Tao Arquitetura" 12 Mar 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • Mary Hill

    Very nice!

  • odris

    yeah very nice and elegant

  • Martin

    It´s a nice building, but “permeable”? It´s a closed box.

  • Bo

    U know, i like it!

    2 Martin
    Like Castel. Ideal for zombie-movie

  • Franco

    odris likes everything he sees.

  • manick


  • no made

    fassade goes well with the logo
    the fassade concept is also remarkble

  • sullka

    But what is it?….is it a showroom?, a warehouse?…..