Under renovation

5 May
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Main entrance

I don’t know about you, but when an interesting building is closed for renovation, I start dreaming of what it might look like, once it reopens…

So also with this beautiful market building in the neighbourhood that lies between El Raval and Poble Sec. Built in 1882, in the (then) innovative architectural style that used cast iron components to create the whole structure.

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SW side

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Fence + wall

For years it has been hidden behind the brick walls that were put up adjacent to the cast iron fences that surround the building. Around these fence/wall stalls were set up, selling all manner of items, and this made it impossible to see how beautiful this building actually is.

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No (poodles)

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NW side

Just look at the various details: the drum that crowns the cross-shaped structure is an interesting shape in itself.

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Drum

It is super detailed:  wooden shutters, ornate cast iron railings, pretty glazed tiles, half-moon windows, the use of reds, yellows and white (Barcelona’s heraldic colours)… delightful!

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Entrance

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Cast iron + wood

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Wheel

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Gate + gauze

It is currently closed for renovation, and all that normally surrounds it (except the walled fence and gates) has been removed so that whatever needs doing can be done. This gave me a great opportunity to take photos from all angles and dream away…

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NW side 2

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See through

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Tiles + shutters

I would love it, if all that is market, as well as the stalls that sell all sorts of other stuff, found a home inside, with many layers going into the ground.

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Inside

That way, the surrounding areas could be opened up during the day to house cafés with delightful terraces and what now is just dirt could be landscaped with plants and trees. The gates could be kept, so the area can be closed at night to protect it from vandalism.

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NE side

Can you imagine it? Wouldn’t that be lovely?

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NE entrance

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Top notch

I honestly have no idea what the projected plans are for this market structure, except that all deliveries and parking will be subterranean in future. Fingers crossed the end result will be an enhancement of what is already there!

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Tiles

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See through 2

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SE side

Meanwhile,I hope you are enjoying this little tour around the market! Make sure to check it out if you are in the neighbourhood.

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Gate decoration

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Closed

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