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Foodmet Abattoir, Brussels, Belgium, by ORG Architecture

This new market hall joins an imposing 19th-century hall in iron and glass – in use as an abattoir until the 1990s – and a large open-air market

Visitors to the 2016 Venice Biennale will recall a pavilion of precast-concrete panels slotted together ingeniously on the Arsenale quayside. These members were examples of a structural system developed by ORG Architecture to create a multifunctional market building in the Anderlecht district of Brussels, historically the centre of Belgium’s meat industry. The new market hall joins an imposing 19th-century hall in iron and glass – in use as an abattoir until the 1990s – and a large open-air market, both of which are centres of Belgium’s immigrant communities. The new addition provides extra room for stalls in its arcaded hall, and on its roof a large commercial farm. There are also small-scale meat processing facilities and restaurants.  

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This case study is part of Typology: Market hall. Read the full article here 

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