When exploring unfamiliar areas, we often visit local markets because they often represent the culture and way of life of a place. While markets are primarily associated with commercial activities, they also serve as a hub of the local community, reflecting the emotions and culture of the residents and providing a space for exchange and community-building. Although the rise of large supermarket chains has reduced the importance of markets, their dynamic and communal nature remains a unique characteristic that cannot be replaced.

The primary architectural feature that shapes the dynamics of most local markets is the expansive canopy that covers the entire area. In the case of the Namhae Local Food Center, this single roof spans a large area above the stores, creating a seamless connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces, regardless of the weather. This design facilitates direct interactions between producers and consumers, turning the centre into a community space.

The market is loosely arranged under this single roof, forming a variety of external spaces between each store, each with its own unique character. These external spaces seamlessly integrate with the facing internal spaces, forming a flexible public space that can function as a retail space, event space, or even a pop-up food and beverage space. Under this roofscape will be animated by various activities and the energy of the people, ultimately becoming the main facade of the building.

Namhae, South Korea

Competition - Winner
Current - Stage 4 Technical Design

500 m2

3000 m2