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Saturday, July 04, 2020

Ravetllat Ribas, refurbishment of Mercat de Sant Antoni in Barcelona

The Catalan practice of Pere Joan Ravetllat and Carme Ribas has revamped this historical market in Barcelona, built in 1882 in accordance with a project drawn up by the architect Antonio Rovira i Trias and the engineer José M. Cornet y Mas. Reopened after almost a decade of construction work, the complex is organized in a Greek cross, with a central octagon under a higher dome. Around this are four new triangular public plazas for complementary activities, as well as and structures for peddling, some of them equipped with retractable canopies.

The interior presents an altogether new layout. The corridors are more spacious than before, and the stalls are fewer, just 235, but larger. Transformed into a rectangle on plan, the central piece is lengthened in the form of a single corridor for each wing, accommodating the entrances at the chamfers. The building expands underground with four levels combining commercial uses, storage, parking, and loading/unloading areas.

The market was built on the bastion of Sant Antoni and the defense system of the medieval city. The old wall has been restored and one can now also appreciate the counterscarp at level -1 from the streets Urgell and Manso.
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