Zhukovka market

A village market pavillion

1. Public buildings

12. Markets

Concepts

2015

Typologically аny contemporary market is still an ancient city market square — sometimes open, sometimes covered with a roof. Whether the design is simple or elaborate the result is predictable: goods stocked on the counters and the Brownian motion of customers in between. Therefore the only distinct element of the construction — the only truly architectural element — is the ceiling. It overlooks the turmoil of trade, dominating and organizing it. The exterior of the building is also organised around the the ceiling, its glowing golden lining is easily visible from the outside, luring the visitors in.

The unity and conflict of opposites is the second important subject of this project. The temple typology of a building (a roof resting on a set of columns) serves the most mundane and pragmatic function — trade. The lavish baroque ceiling is made up of the most banal manufactured materials: armstrong and griliato commercial ceiling panels. This reflects a contradiction, deeply rooted in the location hosting the market: Zhukovka is, in fact, a village of contrasts.

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