After the former Abrantes Municipal Market was closed by Portuguese food-safety authorities, Lisbon architecture studio ARX stepped in to design a new market building.
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Faced with a narrow plot on a slope between two streets that lie on either side of a cramped row of dwellings, the architects devised a solution that not only integrates the market into its surroundings, but also blends building and city.
How did you deal with the difficult site?
José Mateus (ARX): The market building is not only on a pronounced slope; it is also set between two streets. We realized that we could connect them. This way, the market works as a new street. Because it’s an integral part of the city, the market has a lively air of spontaneity. A flight of stairs at the northern edge of the plot serves as an alternative connection between the two streets.
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