Today we are coming at you with a collaborative competition finalist from one of this year’s Archmedium competition. Archmedium is a great site to visit if you are a student looking to test out your design skills against strictly students from around the world.  We came across this great design project MARKETLAB by Ana Sofia Amador, Joao Gama Verandas, and Goncalo Batista blending the city open market with a nontraditional cooking school.  Check it out!

SCHOOL: Faculdade De Arquitectura De Lisboa – FAUTL
STUDENTS: Ana Sofia AmadorJoão Gama VarandasGonçalo Batista
COMPETITION:  Archmedium Competition | January 2012 | Finalist
YEAR: 2012

“The core idea behind this Marketlab is of a place where unconventional gastronomical creation and production can take place, and where the act of cooking can be seen as a state of mind as well as an art form. An off the menu space that goes beyond the established cooking schools or the static idea of a restaurant.

The program seeks to associate the concept of MarketLab to that of Paris’ traditional covered markets,reinventing them and generating a network of spaces for creation and gastronomical education. As so, the building concept proposes a fusion and reinterpretation of the city’s archetypes: Haussmann’s grid, the typology of the market, and the reemerging idea of the edible garden.

The ground level, as a continuous public path between the city, the building and the market, generates a covered plaza that develops into an architectural promenade and guides you from the street level to the top of the building. Throughout the stairs we are constantly drawn to look at views of the city or the building’s interior, until we reach the top where an opened to the sky edible garden is revealed.

Flexible and ever-changing, the interior space for creative gastronomic experiences helps to develop an interaction between teaching, learning and tasting. The ultimate goal is to establish a relationship between the way we experience food and architecture and, in the end, to find and re-discover the taste for space.”

 Make sure to check out the rest of their portfolios:
Ana Sofia Amador
João Gama Varandas
Gonçalo Batista

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