Fisterra Fishmarket / CREUSeCARRASCO Arquitectos

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Architects: CREUSeCARRASCO Arquitectos, Juan Creus, Covadonga Carrasco
Location: Fisterra (Finisterre) Seaport, La Coruña,
Work Directors: Juan Creus, Covadonga Carrasco, Juan Antonio Rodríguez Pardo
Collaborators: Francisco Rosell, Estefanía Vázquez, Felipe Riola, Roi Feijoo, Cecilia Castro, Belén Salgado
Structural Engineer: Lanik, Félix Suárez
Promoter: Portos de Galicia – Xunta de Galicia
Construction Company: Indeza
Completion: 2004- 2006
Total Cost: 1.348.433,35 euros
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This project to a fish market, which is considerate like a pioneering experience in Galicia, gives the possibility of receiving visitors at the same time that the market activity is made.

The objective of separate the workers and visitors routes becomes a condition to the distribution and the basic program of a conventional market, appearing added functions, like the information area, didactic material exhibition hall, a control room and a small store.

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Basically we propose two very simple operation schemes considering that they’re not touched: the first one, the visitors route, disposed as a longitudinal itinerary elevated around of the auction space (ring), which begins and ends at the lobby; the second one, the market route, defined by the linear sequence at the works ground level, with crossed accesses to load and offloading the merchandise (spine).

A big eaves welcome the visitors in the public thoroughfare being a stroll zone that works like covered seat (exterior space. lobby). From it is acceded there to a glass lobby, with double height, which ground is folded until reaching a meter on the auction zone defining a first central area of observation.

architecture plant

In one side of the entrance we find a reception volume and in the other the toilets. From each volume born a vertical communication, with ramps and stairs that connects the entrance floor with the two footbridges that cross the exhibition hall and the auction space. Their lateral panels are protected with inclined glass plans that work as hygienic barriers and serve as support to the exposition material. The two footbridges are connected in the other extreme of the building in an exhibition hall. In this way we composed a ring route where’s allowed and combined the observation of the market activity, without interfering with it, and the one of documentation and complementary information.

constructive detail

Next, integrated in the same volume, were predisposed the ten departments of the old market and, in the final space, the sea port office which controls the fishing activity. The ground floor, inner of the first floor perimeter, leave work spaces covered.


In this way, the presence of the building in the wharf is narrowed until disappearing when begins the deposit of boats and moors ramp.

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