Rotterdam, Netherlands-based architecture and urban design firm- MVRDV- with local studio LLJ Architects- is planning to design a giant wholesale market for fruit and vegetables in the foothills of Tainan, Taiwan.
Tainan City Government Agriculture Bureau commissioned the destination. It is believed that this open-air market will serve as a significant hub in Taiwan. It will not only be used for farming but it will also serve as a place for people to meet, socialize and take in views of the surrounding area. Once complete, the project will measure around 80,000 square metres and house 180 market and auction plots.
The project construction has already started, and it is estimated to be finished at the end of 2020. Located in a planned setting between the city and mountains, the project, labelled as “Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market,” transforms the often-prosaic aspect of the food industry and allows people to intake delicious food along with appreciating the beautiful views of the landscape.
Its proximity to Highway 3 and public transport links makes it accessible and convenient for traders, buyers and visitors from the surrounding farmland and the city. Led by MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas, the project complements the surrounding location. Maas said, “Tainan, in my opinion, is one of those towns which is so beautiful to me because maybe most of its nature, agriculture fields, farms, sea, and mountains."
The simple open structure with an undulating green terrace, where it steps down to the ground level, is accessible to the public from its eastern corner and it has high undulating ceilings that allow for natural ventilation.
The dynamic roof houses several products of the area. One side is a four-story structure that contains the market’s administrative offices, a restaurant and an exhibition centre where agricultural goods from the city can be showcased. The main structure is intersected by the building, which allows the secondary access to the farmed roof. The roof incorporates benches, picnic tables and sheltered spot, which offer a balance between agricultural productivity and recreation.
MVRDV is also working on another project- The Tainan Axis- in Taiwan. It is an artificial beach and lagoon set to replace the flooded China-Town Mall.
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