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Vila Franca


Commercial, Infrastructure



Vila Franca, Azores, Portugal






February 2021



Vila Franca Municipality



3rd Prize


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The condition in which we live today requires a conscious and conducive approach to a more sustainable world, betting on the rationalization of resources, the management of its endogenous materials and the environmental impact that these and others bring to the dialogue with the urban setting.


This study foresees the development of a structure that communicates with the current image of the market and its natural elements, without changing its essence. The proposal is based on a modular system of panels, composed of linear timber profiles and recycled polycarbonate skin, allowing daylight to enter and still perceive the existence of the canopy of large trees.

The overlapping of the different horizontal planes, each with different heights, lets the air penetrate and circulate inside the market, as it facilitates easy connections between each element.

Here, the analogy with fish scales is evident, which, like human skin, creates a filter and protection against external agents but ensures your breathing.


Using local timber and involving the famous craftsmanship of the islands, the solution was thought to be extended to the outer market space, creating simple structures for weekend fairs and farmers markets. These can be easily assembled and set up, disassembled, stored and reassembled again.


New roof for the existing market


Market and Fair

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Water Cycle
Rainwater will be conducted directly to the earth, without overcharging the local infrastructure


The market
Street Fair

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1) Columns
Per unit - 11
Total (12x) - 132

2) Stand boards
Per unit - 4
Total (12x) - 48

3) Roof
Per unit - 1
Total (12x) - 12
Crytomeria structure with panels of polycarbonate, foldable, easy to assemble and store

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1) Columns
with a flexible feet support
which makes it easy to move

2) Boards
Will bring horizontal stability
and prevent lateral movement

3) Roof
Reinforces the stability
of the set while providing protection
from the sun and rain
in the peripheral space

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Single Units
Can be coupled together,
forming a market scenario

Possible agglomeration
into different sets

protected extra space
for meeting and access

Modular Units
They are made up of 3 groups of elements, facilitating a simple assembly.

It is proposed that the structure is self-supporting with movable fixing points.

Coupling Scheme
The position of the units is flexible, allowing for a variety of compositions.


A nature-based structure that responsibly connects itself with the existing market and it's natural environment

Using a very characteristic local wood and other natural resources makes the project belong to this place, in a constant dialogue with the city's layout.

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