Mercado Abastos Pedro Pitarch a domestic market axonometric

· Mercado Abastos ·

a Domestic Market for Villanueva de la Serena

{Restoration of the Municipal Market of Villanueva de la Serena, Badajoz}

How to transform an existing building with a strong commercial program into a public space?

How to recover a large long lost space …?

And above all, how to convert such an interior space into an urban space, into a fragment of the city, into a ‘domestic square’ …?

Increasingly, our locations require unique places, multipurpose places that provide hybrid public contexts that adapt to the changing needs of users. Thus, conventionally, the versatility and reprogramming capacity of the urban space conflicts with the rigidity and specificity of the architectural pieces …

This project aims to reconcile both spheres, that of the urban and that of the architectural, proposing a device that incorporates characteristics of the public in an architectural interior.

Almost as if a fragment of a city was «cut out» and «fitted» inside the existing building …

The project is articulated around an essential action: recovering the double-height central space of the original building, transforming it into an “Interior Plaza”, into an authentic public space integrated into the urban life of Villanueva de la Serena. Thus, by liberating a large central space, it is possible to “domesticate a square”. Building a unique space that is between the urban and the domestic, between an interior and an exterior. This «Interior Plaza» is provided with a new translucent cover that protects the plaza from outside weather.

    I took her
to
 
               a    
 
supermarket
                     I

       don’t

 

                know

 

w      h       y,
 But I had to
       
                                       start it

 

s     o     m    e    w    h    e  r    e

      So

it

 

              s. t. a. r.  t. e. d.

 

there

project’s data

Location: Villanueva de la Serena, Badajoz, Spain
Year: 2019
Area: Site=1.281m²  Building=2.959m²
Category: Architecture, Restoration
Author: Pedro Pitarch 

PROJECT TEAM:

Pedro Pitarch, Gonzalo Rojas

AWARDS:

PUBLICATIONS:

Mercado Abastos Pedro Pitarch a domestic market Ground Floor Plan

 I said:

 

«pretend you’ve got no money»

           She just     l   a   u    g    h   e    d

 

and said:

 

                    «Oh you’re so funny»

 

I said:  «Y.  e.  a.  h.  ?

Ground Floor: «the Domestic Plaza»{+0,00} ↑

Mercado Abastos Pedro Pitarch a domestic market First Floor Plan

First Floor: the Public Level {+4,35} ↑

            Well I can’t see anyone else smiling in here?

Are

 

            you

 

                       s      u      r      e? «
Mercado Abastos Pedro Pitarch a domestic market Rooftop Plan

              Y o u

                      w a n n a

 

live like

 

                  c    o    m    m   o   n    
 
 
p    e    o    p     l        e  ?      ?

Second Floor: The Rooftop Bar {+7,75} ↑

Mercado Abastos Pedro Pitarch a domestic market Cross Section

Cross Section: the Domestication of the Courtyard ⊗ ↑

Mercado Abastos Pedro Pitarch a domestic market Long Section

Long Section: the Domestication of the Courtyard ⊗ Reprise ↑

You wanna see
                 w   h   a    t   e    v    e    r
common people                      see
    Wanna
 
                      s.  l.   e.  e.  p. 
         
           with
 
 
                            c    o    m    m   o   n    
 
 
  p    e     o     p    l     e     ?     ?
 
 
      You
 
wanna         s l     e              e                  p
 

              with common

                       p   e    o        p            l             e

 
l       i       k     e                          m     e                    ?

Common People, from the album Different Class
Pulp {Island records, Jan 1995}

Thus, the new ‘Mercado de Abastos’ for Villanueva de la Serena is proposed as an articulation of public areas around a large interior space that manages and incorporates a series of urban features. The building appears almost like a collage of public fragments of the city, which are cut out and assembled within the concrete structure of the existing building: a plaza in the center, a market around it, some restaurants on the first floor, music studios, a small cinema, a rooftop terrace…

The project proposes an architecture that has a vocation for urban planning. It is a building that compresses urban uses and scales them at the domestic level. It is almost like a tiny city. A social condenser that, like the street itself, like our squares, is in constant activity … and charges everything, in constant change. It is different in the morning, in the afternoon, at night; in summer or winter; yesterday, today…. and tomorrow.

· Six Architectural Strategies ·

a new market through six acts

Mercado Abastos Pedro Pitarch a domestic market Scheme 2

a new roof ↑

Mercado Abastos Pedro Pitarch a domestic market Scheme 1

the existing structure ↑

Mercado Abastos Pedro Pitarch a domestic market Scheme 3

the new corner ↑

Mercado Abastos Pedro Pitarch a domestic market Scheme 5

a new skin ↑

Mercado Abastos Pedro Pitarch a domestic market Scheme 4

the new market stands ↑

Mercado Abastos Pedro Pitarch a domestic market Scheme 6

the domestic market ↑

Project Uses · slideshow

Mercado Abastos Pedro Pitarch a domestic market Image 1

· 1 ·
It takes a lot to laugh …
(the Interior)

Mercado Abastos Pedro Pitarch a domestic market Image 2

· 2 ·
… It takes a train to Cry
(the Interior · Reprise)