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Lideta Market / Vilalta Arquitectura

  • 11:00 - 15 June, 2016
Lideta Market / Vilalta Arquitectura
Lideta Market  / Vilalta Arquitectura, © Gonzalo Guajardo
© Gonzalo Guajardo

© Gonzalo Guajardo © Gonzalo Guajardo © Gonzalo Guajardo © Gonzalo Guajardo +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Architect in Charge

    Xavier Vilalta
  • Design Team

    Joao Medeiros, Miguel Sánchez Enkerlin, Reema Al-Ajlan, Daniel Vaczi
  • Area

    14200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

  • Project Leader

    Maria Rosaria Favoino
  • Director

    Xavier Vilalta
  • Structural

    K2N Engineering
  • Mechanical & Sanitary

    Abiy Aberra
  • More SpecsLess Specs

From the architect. Xavier Vilalta´s major project in Ethiopia, Lideta Mercato, has finally topped out in Addis Ababa and is set to open this summer.

© Gonzalo Guajardo
© Gonzalo Guajardo

The Lideta Mercato was intended to be a shopping mall just like many others in the city of Addis Ababa. A rigorous analysis has identified the main issues of the existing malls in the city, which are commonly built using glazing structures. As a result, the buildings suffer uncomfortable thermal conditions and over-illumination in the interiors. The observation of the Old Mercato, the largest open air market in Africa, was an inspiration to redefine the program of the building, conceiving a multistory contemporary market instead of a conventional shopping mall based on large shops.

Section
Section

The carved volume connects two parallel streets that define the plot of the project. This diagonal connection creates a shortcut for pedestrians and concentrates all the entrances of the building. This path extends to the inclined atrium in the middle of the building, where all floors are connected. Around this void, a different layout of small shops is placed in each floor.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The skin of the building was designed considering thelocal climate conditions and traditions. The façade acts as a protection from the sun, controlling the natural light and ventilation in the interior spaces. It was built using a lightweight concrete prefab system, and the shapes come from a traditional Ethiopian fractal pattern commonly found in the local fabrics. The passive ventilation system and controlled natural lightening created between the building´s skin and the interior atrium enables the interior space to have an open-air feeling and balanced illumination.

© Gonzalo Guajardo
© Gonzalo Guajardo

Constantly ceased power supply is one of the main obstacles Ethiopia is facing. This occurring problem was turned into an opportunity by placing circular shaped photovoltaic umbrellas in the rooftop that create nice shaded entertainment areas.

© Gonzalo Guajardo
© Gonzalo Guajardo
© Gonzalo Guajardo
© Gonzalo Guajardo

The roof also functions as a rainwater collection system by draining and storing the rainwater in the basement tanks, which later goes through a filtration process to be reused for building´s toilets and taps.

© Gonzalo Guajardo
© Gonzalo Guajardo
© Gonzalo Guajardo
© Gonzalo Guajardo
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Lideta Market / Vilalta Arquitectura" 15 Jun 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/789535/lideta-market-vilalta-arquitectura/>
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2 Comments

Kamil Kibar · June 16, 2016

exteriors are ok but interiors... Too white for God's sake!

Jarda Jůza · June 15, 2016

I was like... maan, that's cool... and when i saw it's in Ethiopia, i was like: maan, that's super cool. Good job from architects and investors.

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