Nili Portugali - Architecture in Israel

Location: Ramat-Gan
Completion Date: 1992
Location: Maalot Tarshicha
Completion Date: 1993
Location: Eilat
Design Phase: 1998

A market is often associated with disorder and grime. My idea was to create a market which will not only offer a location for commercial activity, but will also become a venue for other types of entertainment and events in the urban landscape.

Although the market had to be mobile and the stalls had to be provisional, it was important to convey a sense of permanence, so as to radiate a strong sense of “a place” when the market was on site.
An open arched gate always marked the entrance to the market site, thus generating the feeling of enteringthe market place.”

The site plan located the stalls along “streets” and “squares.” This repetitive pattern took a different form in accordance with the site conditions in each location.

The stalls themselves featured different shapes and sizes, and were made of modular steel elements that could be dismantled within minutes.
The stall’s “roof” was made of folded parasols in different distinct colors, giving the stall the appearance of a “house.”

The rainbow of colors, in combination with the exciting variety of goods, generated that special character and atmosphere of this unique type of a market.

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