Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava. Spain

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Santa Barbara Market

Javier Bárcena, José Antonio Barroso, Raquel Mielgo y Luis Zufiaur

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This project’s greatest appeal results from its particular location within the urban grid, since this intervention works to favour the context, aiming to contribute to the city’s coherence rather than to provide a personalised expression of its design.
At the time of winning the commission, the building was in a state of decayed obsolescence. The structure was damaged and reforming it had become a matter of urgency even though the market remained open to the public. The brief was to give the building greater visibility and to make it more attractive to a younger public while maintaining the traditional character of a long-established market.
Seeking to respect its overall geometry as well as its concrete structure and façade in order to emphasise its proportions, order, harmony, rhythm and scale, it was decided to envelop the existing building in a steel and glass box. This allowed the circulations to be enlarged and simplified and brought light and life into the interior.
This shell is brought forward in the south orientation to create a double-height space that operates as a filter and protection from the exterior. A place for convergence and exhibition that operates as a protected agora, an indoor extension of the outdoor plaza.
The materials create a fine space filled with unique experiences. The palette employed reflects the simplicity and clarity of the design; the existing concrete is painted in white on the walls and in black on the ceilings; a single ceramic format gives a uniform look to the floors; in the double-height zones the ceilings are dignified with natural untreated wood; the stalls share lighting and signage; finally, the steel and glass of the shell give the market freshness and visibility.
The architecture integrates into its context, creating a new and unique place, establishing a dialogue with the city, the different seasons and the times of the day.

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Localización Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava. Spain. Arquitectos Architects: Javier Bárcena, José Antonio Barroso, Raquel Mielgo y Luis Zufiaur. Aparejadores Quantity surveyors: Aitor Royo y Miren Zufiaur. Colaboradores Collaborators: Itziar Regalado, Mirentxu Lafuente, Marina Bueno, Pilar Blanco, Ainara Bustamante, Unai Ayastui y Marta Liberal. Estructura Structure: José Ramón Cueva. Iluminación Lighting: Xabier Lozano. Maqueta Model: Manuel Jiménez. Infografías Computer Graphics: Beatriz Lpz. de Suso. Promotor Developer: Centro Comercial La Plaza de Santa Bárbara S.A. Fecha proyecto básico Basic Project Draft: diciembre 2012. Fecha fin de obra Completion date of the works: diciembre 2015. Superficie construida Built area: 11.692,66m2. Superficie de la parcela Plot surface: 5.253,68m2. Fotografía Photography: Pedro Pegenaute.
Javier Bárcena
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alaba
Luis Zufiaur
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alaba
Raquel Mielgo

José Antonio Barroso
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava
Pedro Pegenaute