Mercado Do Bom Sucesso – 2014 Global Awards for Excellence Finalist

Credit: Ferreira de Almeida, Arquitectos Lda.

Credit: Ferreira de Almeida, Arquitectos Lda.

About Mercado Do Bom Sucesso

Location: Porto, Portugal
Developer: Urban Market Company et al
Designer:  Ferreira de Almeida, Arquitectos LDA
Size: 1.15 hectares

Originally a fresh goods market in 1952, Mercado Do Bom Sucesso is a renovated public building that hosts a shopping center, offices, hotel, and fresh food market. Recognized by the Municipal Heritage and adjacent to other architecturally significant buildings such as “Casa da Música” by architect Rem Koolhaas, this building is a resilient icon of modern architecture, surviving through the rise and dominance of modern retail and shopping centers in Porto.

Two large amenities anchors each side of the inner market space: one is “The Music Hotel”, holding 85 rooms. On the other side stands a civic building, “Manuel António Mota Foundation” (FMAM), with exhibition area and auditorium, holding 136 seats and extra office lease space. The Foundation is dedicated to developing and supporting initiatives in education, health, environment, and the arts. Between both amenities stand 44 kiosks that reinvigorate the sense of an open market and are surrounded by 33 shop units. In order to further integrate the market experience for all visitors, the main access to the hotel and foundation is through the market.

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