Paulo Duca, Lissa Saruhashi
Boa Vista Market is a symbol in brazilian northeastern culture – its history, architecture and visitors express their local characteristics. Being one the oldest markets still working from the 19th century, many of the original features such as the entrance arcs and courtyard remain preserved.
However, since there’s a common issue within markets when it rains, to offer protection while also keeping natural lighting and ventilation inside, SELVAGEN designed a solution to cover its courtyard.
The main inputs for the design were its economic viability and integration with the historic building. With that in mind, a triangular subdivision was applied to the courtyard’s boundary, adapting to its original shape, existing trees and need of shadow and protection. All structured by laminated timber beams, as a reference to the materials used in traditional roofing, and with an easily executed construction.