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Municipal Market, Abrantes, Portugal, by ARX Portugal

Staggered cubic volumes in white-painted concrete link two streets that are separated by a steep incline

Most markets are all roof, but not this one. Its staggered cubic volumes in white-painted concrete link two streets that are separated by a steep incline. In order to negotiate this level change, a floating shuttered concrete stair is draped through the building’s five storeys, unravelling like a bleached intestine. (A less convoluted route between the two streets is provided by another staircase to the side of the structure.) A strip of windows on the north face of the upper floor admits gentle natural illumination. This is dispersed through the building via a void, onto which each of the four levels of stalls looks from unevenly undulating balconies.

Arx drawings

Arx drawings

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

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