Design research proposal for a travelling market in Morocco.
Markets are one of the oldest, most versatile and vulnerable architectural forms due to their dependence on social demands and economic factors. They manifest the friction between that which is planned by the designer and that which cannot be planned and relies on processes of self-organization determined by the user.
We looked at traditional market stalls in Morocco, a very smart system where doors serve two functions: enclosure and display area. Doors, by opening and closing, simultaneously form and dissolve a boundary. They are somewhere in between being content and container. Embracing this dual performance of the door maximizes spatial flexibility.
RESTLESS SPACE is essentially a grid of hinged doors. The doors are perforated as pegboards to display goods. The light structure and shallow foundations of the proposal would facilitate transportation and produce minimal impact on site. Rather than relying on high tech solutions requiring major maintenance, or specialized technology, RESTLESS SPACE consists of a simple and inexpensive system, easy to manufacture, build, sustain and repair.
The proposal aims to minimize energy consumption in mild climates. Satisfactory climatic comfort can be achieved solely through wind control and shading. Door rotation can capture prevailing winds in the summer, generating a relieving breeze. In the winter, doors rotate to form wind shields. The operable awning system built into each door helps to provide shade and to shelter from rain.