Case Study - Barceloneta Market, Spain

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BARCELONETA MARKET
Comments:
"When I was a student at the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB), Barceloneta was the subject of much conversation. Restaurants on the beach which later disappeared... narrow streets, cramped flats, the clothes hanging out on the balconies, the shops, the artisans' workshops... and its people, who talked, and still talk, fast and loud. The project meant a chance to go back to the neighbourhood in an interested manner; it was no longer a trip down there for fun, to discover its people, its bars, its smell... but rather a survey of the place with the object of identifying what would enable us to reveal its qualities and to describe it accurately for the purposes of a project. An attempt, ultimately, to explain a reality, to offer a new and fuller meaning to an architectural project, beyond resolving a programme or commission." Text by the architect. One of the major fresh food market of Barcelona follows the Santa Catarina Market strategy: mixing singular and spectacular new architecture with a public program of an important social impact. The Barceloneta Market -located at the heart of the traditional, maritime neighborhood- has been rehabilitated after several years of decay. It was built in the late 19th century by architect Rovira i Trias. The iron roof and façades were the most interesting features of the old market, so Miàs -an ex-collaborator of Miralles- dismantled the old metallic structure and restored it, adding new parts, resulting in a multiple, fragmented roof. While Miralles' Santa Caterina is an explosion of color mixed with the warmth of wood and ceramic elements, Miàs' Barceloneta has more darker and colder aesthetics, probably more fitting for the industrial character. The market has a series of solar panels on the roof, and a new underground parking is equipped with all kinds of modern services and facilities. - Naomi, Amsterdam, Netherlands 13-Apr-11

Architecture
Architect Josep Miàs
Site Barcelona
Promoting Barcelona City Hall; Institut Municipal de Mercats de Barcelona IMMB Client Public
Type Rehabilitation
Project 2001 International competition: First Prize.
Construction 2005-2007
Area 5.200 m²
Budget <10M€

Year of construction: 1884
Refurbishments:
Maintenance: 1993
Structural: 1996 and 2007
Building Type: Stand-alone
Total surface area: 2.670 m2

Architect Josep Miàs
Site Barcelona
Promoting Barcelona City Hall; Institut Municipal de Mercats de Barcelona IMMB Client Public
Type Rehabilitation
Project 2001 International competition: First Prize.
Construction 2005-2007
Area 5.200 m²
Budget <10M€

Project team
Architect: Josep Miàs

Collaborators: Bárbara Fachada (project leader), Marta Cases, Emiliano Armani, Orlando Melo, Horacio Arias, Raul Castaño, Luis Carballeda, Carlota Martinez, Xavier Ribera, Neus Caylà, Angélica Fernández, Sonia Maia, Hélène Silvy-Leligois, Lara Lupi, Angélica Riquelme, Francisca Marzotto Prizes

· 2008 Catalonia Construction Prize - Winner
· 2007 City of Barcelona Architecture and Urbanism Prize - Winner Exhibitions
· 2012 Kiev, Ukraine. House of the Architect. "CANactions 2012 Architectural Festival" · 2011-2009 Vienna, Austria; Brno, Czech Republic; Barcelona, Spain; Florencia, Italy; Terni, Italy; Steinhaus, Austria. "Wonderland, Platform for European Architecture" · 2004 Barcelona, Spain. Fórum 2004, Edificio Fórum, “Barcelona in Progress” · 2003 Barcelona, Spain. Colegio de Arquitectos de Catalunya, Demarcación de Barcelona, “A-Z <40”

Barceloneta market goods and services
Trading area: 645 m2. 
Produce: Battery and game poultry and eggs, charcuterie y sausages, meat and offal, fruit, vegetables and cereals, fresh fi sh and shellfi sh, salt fi sh and preserves, groceries. Additional services: Caprabo Supermarket.

Specialist retailers: Towels, clothing, haberdashery, newspaper kiosk, handbags…

Description
The Barceloneta Market located on the maritime part of Barcelona,...
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