The building


The market of Concepcion was built in 1888 in the center of Barcelona, ​​in the Eixample district, in a separate building, between the streets of Aragon, Valencia, Gerona and Heather, the main access to Aragon and Valencia ; and covers an area of ​​4,010 m2 with 105 meters long and 38 meters wide.

The new architectural possibilities of the technology of iron demonstrated by Paton at Crystal Palace in London (1851), did not take long to be used by the Catalan construction, which began using this new material because of the advantages it offered as a structure. Furthermore, a study of new construction methods, cast iron, was defining a formal vocabulary of architecture to the metal last third of the nineteenth century.

The artistic tradition of iron forging Catalonia Catalan origins, who reached the peak in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The quality of the iron and the work of Catalan blacksmiths made possible the birth of the steel industry, which in turn gave rise to small industries engaged in the manufacture of nails, fences, door knockers, weapons, etc.

After a period of decline that reached to mid-nineteenth century, Catalonia was an effort to revive the forge, which reached maximum expression during Modernism. The main drivers of this revival were Russinyol Santiago, Antonio Gaudi, Puig and Domenech i Montaner. In the mid-nineteenth century, Barcelona was already an industrial city. Had Cerdà Eixample, where the city grew.

At the same time, the steel industry experienced a rise and began to use iron supports in the building. The first building where they used this technique without markets and stations, was the editorial Montaner Simon Aragon street in Barcelona. Otherwise, cast iron was also used in the construction of fountains, lampposts, benches and other items.

The use of cast iron deep in Valentine Ram was one of its main proponents. He was director of the city, introducing the cast in 1832 and in 1855 co-founder of Terrestrial and Marine Machinist, who was the company's key to building metal structures.

The construction of covered markets in the last third of the nineteenth century had an important role in the shaping and development of what is known as new civil architecture. Market Concepcion, the work of architect Antoni Rovira i Trias is a good example.

The market building was developed into a unique open floor plan, dimensions 38.5 x 105 m. This plant was located at a level intermediate between the gradients of Aragon and Valencia streets.

The outer volume set reflects the organization of the interior space. A building consisting of three buildings, each with gable roof: a large central nave is 20 m wide and 13.45 m maximum height, and two aisles 8.0 m wide and maximum height of 7.8 m, arranged symmetrically with respect to the plant.

Same structural section solves the whole building, shaped porch repeated every 5.00 m, which makes up the entire system bringing the whole building. These frames consist of trusses-lattice arch, constructed with cast iron profile with links reblonats.

The market was opened in 1888 and completely remodeled in 1998.

The remodeling

The market had undergone a process conception of physical decay and trade, which led to his situation of supply, services and infrastructure were completely unworkable.

Market traders and the Municipal Market the City Council reached consensus on a remodeling process that raised the refurbishment and positive commitment to the future of this center supplies.

The project is supported in two basic areas: BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT AND RENOVATION OF STRUCTURES.

The organization and improvement of the commercial mixture, allowed one hand, remove the hitherto existing smallholdings and other traditional alleviate the shortage of certain products, which was a factor in weight loss potential markets; motivated primarily by a situation of imbalance by offering pool, the evolution of consumer habits and market trends themselves. It was in this sense absolutely necessary commercial elements introduced new modeRNS and powerful modern surface such as a supermarket, packed with product; and an establishment selling appliances.

The action in the physical structure and infrastructure services, an operation was necessary. Factors such as architecture (a building opened in 1888) and the lack of space for the provision of ancillary services that did absolutely the structure became obsolete for commercial activity. But the processing carried out with the remodeling market, we had to combine new technical advantages, the design of a building that is included in the catalog of the treasures. On the other hand, had also alleviate the lack of basic elements for the activity of operators and users comfortable with the allocation of certain items such as parking or other, they were not even present a generalized network markets.

Under these lines took place remodeling market of Concepcion, which was reopened on 16 May 1998 a tradition of over 115 years of history, making it unique and then equipped with the necessary instruments for become a center for the future.

The remodeling market Concepcion, had a total cost of 1,180 million pesetas, to which should be added the cost of building new stalls.

Project Management and Works Remodeling opened in 1998.

The author of Market Redevelopment Project Conception and Chief physician of his work, was the architect Albert Alvarez de Pineda. Albert Pineda, an architect from the School of Barcelona and won the 1992 FAD Prize rehabilitation of buildings.

Were his collaborators in the work market Conception: architect Albert Vitaller; Anna and technical architects Francesc Granell Xuriguer and architecture student Patricio Martinez.

By the Directorate of Technical Services of the Barcelona Municipal Institute of Markets, responsible for the project were the engineer Fernando Fernandez and architect Santiago Re.

Way of tourist interest

The monumentality of the city of Barcelona and the growing interest that has been aroused over many of his architectural works, with special attention to those left in the city, the track is wide and deep Modernism in the District where the market is notable references, which include various styles. In this regard, we suggest a visit to the market on a tourist route / architecture, which begins and ends on the Paseo de Gracia in the Sagrada Familia, which will visit the following buildings:

Marcet Palace 1
Tiberius Shoemaker 1887.
Passeig de Gràcia, 13

Almond House 2
J. Puig, in 1900.
Passeig de Gràcia, 41

3 Casa Batllo
Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, 1905-1907.
Passeig de Gràcia, 43

4 Casa Mila (La Pedrera)
Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, 1905-1910.
Paseo de Gracia 92

Robert 5.Palau
Joan Martorell Monells 1900.
107 Paseo de Gracia

6 Quadras House
J. Puig, in 1904.
Roussillon 279

7 House of Pinchas
Josep Puig, 1903-1905.
Avda. Diagonal 416.

8 Thomas House
Lluis Domenech i Montaner, 1895-1898.
Majorca 291.

9 Casa Elizalde
Emili Sala, 1888.
302 Valencia

10 Church of the Conception
Former convent Jonqueres moved in 1871.
299 Aragon.

11 Market Design
Antoni Rovira i Trias, 1888.
313 Aragon

12 Church of Saleses
Joan Martorell Monells 1882-1885.
Passeig de Sant Joan 88

13 Manufactures Myrurgia
Antonio Puig Giralt, 1928-1930.
Majorca 351.

14 Temple of the Holy Family
Antoni Gaudí i Cornet 1883.1926.
Majorca 401.


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