The market is a place that brings people the experience of exuberance and the expectation of a feast. It does not only feed the belly of the city, but also takes the interior land of the city to grow itself. Distinguished from other modern shopping spaces, a traditional food market has no brands or simulations. It is all about the social culture and atmosphere of community in the constant interaction between vendors and customers, the ever-changing flow and groceries.
The way a market is built is not much different than a primary hut or temporary tent architecture due to its simple and open structure. The juxtaposition of its ephemeral building character and its spatial inertia induces the expedient form of market. In a congested Asian urban circumstance, the externality of the market leads us to a discussion of the thickness of skin, the abstraction of signification, and the threshold of boundary.
The negotiation of a large-span roof system and how it is occupied and perceived has a long history from Vladimir Shukhov to Pier Luigi Nervi. The project is to explore the architectural relationship between generic large-span architecture and dense urban housing to trigger the hidden social space that nests in the back face of the city, and to examine the edge condition and tectonics that could emerge in the conversation between these two types of buildings and programs.