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Mercat Encants / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 3 December, 2013
Mercat Encants / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos
Mercat Encants / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, © Rafael Vargas
© Rafael Vargas

© Rafael Vargas © Rafael Vargas © Rafael Vargas © Rafael Vargas +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avinguda Meridiana, 69, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
  • Design Team

    Fermín Vázquez, Francesc de Fuentes, Cristina Algas, Sonia Cruz, Guillermo Weiskal, Albert Freixes, Gemma Ojea, Javier Artieda, Angel Gaspar, Oriol Roig, Juan Pablo Porta, Leonardo Novelo Jorge Mascaray, Francisco Marques, Helia Pires, Elies Porta, Tosca Salinas, Myriam Gonzalez, Nastascha Gergoff, Egbert Oosterhoff
  • Area

    35440.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Rafael Vargas
© Rafael Vargas

From the architect. Els Encants in Barcelona is a centenarian marketplace, which has traditionally been set outdoors in an informal way. Its current location is not far from the market’s new grounds and is going to occupy the junction of Merdiana Avenue with Las Glorias Square. The project's main objective was to maintain the open nature of the current outdoor market Els Encants.  The limited size of the new grounds (8,000 m2) was a great constraint, as the commercial programme was more than double that area.

© Rafael Vargas
© Rafael Vargas

Its design intends to avoid building multiple floors thus rejecting the model of a commercial centre. Instead of that, a continuous commercial area was designed, with slightly inclined planes intertwining and generating an endless loop which links stalls and small shops. The visitor’s experience is similar to a stroll through a pedestrian road. By bending the square deck, the different levels of the streets around the perimeter are reconciled; therefore the levels of the various entrances are blurred once inside the market.

© Rafael Vargas
© Rafael Vargas

The great casing suspended as a canopy almost 25 metre high is a prominent landmark and protects shopkeepers and users from the sunlight. The casing is arranged by variable-width bands. Its underside presents different inclinations and becomes a mechanism of reflection of the city into the market.

© Rafael Vargas
© Rafael Vargas

The building has two underground levels. The first one is for the logistic needs of the market and the second one houses a public car park for the users.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Mercat Encants / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos" 03 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Aufi Alwi · October 05, 2015

been to the place, and was trying to find any used watches to bargain.... interestingly the glass ceiling help to find them, especially when there a huge crowd

SlowTrainLurching · April 23, 2014

"...protects shopkeepers and users from the sunlight."

...until right around sunset, at which point the reflective structure BECOMES A DEADLY DOOMSDAY DEVICE MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

JOSE · December 04, 2013



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