The architectural design of Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue. The dramatic cover colorful mosaic designed by artist Toni Comella.
The market within the housing development is part of the package of rehabilitation being undertaken by the Institute for Market in Barcelona, under the Town Hall.
This was the first covered market in the city, opened the year 1848. His story begins with the demolition of the convent of Santa Caterina, whose land was granted to the City Council to lift the market. The architect Miralles died before finishing the construction of the work.
The proposal for the rehabilitation of the old Santa Caterina Market, located in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona, involves action on the urban tissue adjacent to the existing structure to streamline its location. At the same time, the intervention aims to "mixed and confused with the original structure. Both aims are achieved through the implementation of a new roof, which involves the structure and extends beyond the perimeter of the building first.
The essence of this project is based on the design of its cover, which part of the metaphor of an ocean colored by memories of fruit and vegetables. Recover it and also elements used in the School of Music in Hamburg.
The work is spectacular and plays an important role in planning the recovery of Ciutat Vella (municipal project in which he was actively involved Miralles).