INCA PUBLIC MARKET IN MALLORCA (with Carles Muro)

The demolition of the old Market building offered the opportunity to rediscover a new public space in the heart of the city of Inca, just a few metres away from the Main Street and the Town Hall.
The proposal aims to obtain the maximum possible amount of public space whilst accommodating the different requirements of a varied programme: car park, supermarket, retail shops, council offices and public market. A public space that aims at supporting the present and future activities of this place.
The car park and the supermarket are located underground, while the rest of the required programme rises from the ground reaching its maximum height with the council offices.
Beginning at one end of the site, the wooden paving detaches itself from the ground in order to cover the entrance to the car park. This wooden strip continues as a kind of pergola that runs parallel to the street, wrapping the main public space of the square, before transforming itself once again –unfolding into three sloped planes– to become the roof of the market. A final horizontal stretch covers the building containing the retail spaces and the council offices. This strip will become the main element of continuity throughout the project and reflects the hidden structural bays of the car park beneath upon the surface.
The market is understood as a covered plaza that is continuous with the public space surrounding it. The folds of the market roof will allow for the natural light and ventilation desired.














PEREC BOOKSHELF SYSTEM (with carles muro)

Until now, the best shelving systems on the market have largely addressed issues of versatility, load-bearing, assembly etc. When a generic shelf is used for storing books, it performs well either when completely full - not one book can be added or removed- or when it is supplemented with a number of bookends. Otherwise the books lose balance, fall to one side and eventually become damaged. We propose a shelf specifically thought for books; A bookshelf that takes advantage of the weight of the books to achieve a permanent state of equilibrium, regardless of the number of books sitting on the shelf: a living bookshelg. We have simply introduced a small inclination to what traditionally has been the horizontal shelf. The horizontal displacement of the modules allows for the creation of an infinite number of mosaic-like patterns on the wall, as well as accomodating books of different sizes. We presented a series of variations based on the same geometric principle of which the first, PEREC, was produced by PuntMobles (http://www.puntmobles.es/).

A SOLUTION (THE END OF THE BOOKEND)

A SOLUTION (THE END OF THE BOOKEND)