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URBAN HALLMARK[ET]

A FOOD MARKET HALL EXPLORING LONG SPAN ROOFS


Location: Skanstorget, Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: January - May 2012
Status: Thesis
Author: Stefan Svedberg
Supervisor: Daniel Norell
Examiner: Morten Lund
Studio: Matter Space Structure
Institution: Chalmers Univesity of Technology


Description:
The central focus of this project has been the research of long span roofs and the use of fabrics as a means of generating design articulations. The generation of these articulations are derived from the fabric's own physical properties. An extensive series of tests have been carried out in order to study behaviours and qualities in the fabric that incorporate a greater structural complexity with the creation of geometric events to enhance aesthetic variation. These have been carried out through both analogue and digital mediums in a process of testing and rationalisation.

The project's title is a play on the words, hallmark and market hall – bringing together the function of a market hall with the quality and excellence brought on by a hallmark. The project and its associated programming has been strategically located in order to activate under-used sites within the central urban fabric; Skanstoget, a square which has been dormant since the mid 20th century, and the terraced South-eastern hillsides of Skansberget, which have become a sort of wasteland. Skanstorget is situated between the central zones of Haga, Linne, Vasa and Annedal and the activation of the site will play an important role in bridging together these zones and intensifying the area, transforming it into one of Gothenburg's leading food districts.

For analogue research regarding design process please see the fabric investigations.