The provisional market in Horta will be located in a large green space where C/ Porto and C/ Lisboa converge. The facility will be housed in a large wooden structure of 1,400 square metres, which will be reused for the new park in the district once the permanent market has been remodelled.
The Barcelona Municipal Institute of Markets (IMMB) has awarded the project to the team of architects Pere Joan Ravetllat and Carles Enrich, whose design ‘Del mercat al parc’ (from market to park) involves a budget of 2.22 million euros and should be completed by the summer of 2022.
Once installed, the temporary market will provide 1,400 square metres of space, distributed into a sales hall of 1,030 square metres with room for 32 food stalls and 5 non-food stalls, a logistics area of 374 square metres for cold rooms and shared storage, along with offices, toilets, a waste area, a loading and unloading area and space for facilities.
The temporary market will be a sustainable facility, thanks to the use of natural resources such as rainwater for the toilets, cleaning and watering, plus the reuse of materials. Once the permanent market is remodelled, the project also envisages the reuse of the wooden structure from the provisional market, the urbanisation of the surrounding area and the solar panelling, saving 40% in the dismantling of the temporary market and 90% in the construction of the future park.
Once its provisional use comes to an end, the structure will play an important role in adding vitality to the green area and generating a new public space to connect the local neighbourhoods. This is because the structure will be located at a point which enhances connectivity between the green corridor of the old riverbeds in Horta and the urban layout of the old quarter.