The urbanization of the Born Market surrounding area is part of the regeneration strategy of a city area which has been at a standstill for many years due to the lack of use of the market and the inaccessibility to the Ciutadella Park.
The market building, which contains a considerable part of medieval city, dating back to 1714, has been re-opened as a cultural center. The re-opening, at a urban level, offers a large, covered public space, framed by a cohesive architectural
plan: the so-called Fontserè Porches.
The goal of the project is to answer to the potentials and needs generated in the public space by the reopening of the
building as a cultural center.
This answer is based on 3 strategies.
Connectivity and permeability.
Traffic has been eliminated in Carrer Comerç in front of the market, by diverting it to the Passeig Picasso, creating a
pedestrian area, connected with the rest of the neighbourhood up to the edge of the Ciutadella Park.
Centrality and identity.
An empty space has been generated around the building to accommodate its monumentality.
The paved surface provides a link to the site’s history and memory. Information deriving from surveys and old
cartographies has been implemented onto the layout of the granite paving stones. The final result allows two
On one hand there is a reference to a distant past: the layout of the old streets and buildings has been defined according
to archaeological findings and translated into a composition, made of sharp changes in the paving stone, which
characterises and gives identity to the main space of the Plaça Comercial.
On the other hand there is a connection to a more recent past: the use of the market building offers a link to the cohesive
character of the Fontserè XIX century plan. The continuous, granite paving, distinguishes and relates the work to the
collective imagination in mind. A large part of the cobblestones has been extracted and reclaimed in the same site.
Flexibility and functionality.
The project has been defined with the premise to promote maximum diversity of uses. With the launch of the BornCC the
current uses will be intensified and new uses will emerge. The open space, the single platform and the plaza character
strengthen this polyvalence.