On the site of the Abbatoir market in Anderlecht, a permanent covered market, Foodmet hosts 45 food-only shops, including 17 butchers. To shape the project, the design team assembled flat concrete stylistic elements ('platonics panels') to create different arcades, thus creating a very flexible structural system, particularly suitable for a dynamic mixed-use environment.
- ORG Architecture
- ORG Architecture
- 45 shops
To shape the market hall, the design team used platonic panels, by building porches with flat concrete elements.
In 2009, Abattoir nv, owner of the site of the Cureghem slaughterhouses, received an ERDF-FEDER subsidy for the "conversion of temporary marketplaces into a more permanent housing". This led to the launch of a master plan to explore the site's development potential, together with ORG Architecture. A first step in this master plan was the construction of a food hall, Foodmet, for which VK provided all the engineering.
The market hall with bistro has room for 45 shops exclusively for the sale of food products, including 17 butchers. The markets on the site therefore continue to exist, but are reinforced with a fixed retail space under a roof and with all the associated facilities, such as cold stores, sanitary facilities, telecommunications, ...
To shape the market hall, the design team used platonic panels, by building porches with flat concrete elements. This creates a very flexible structural system, very suitable for a dynamic mixed-use environment.
The architectural language of the platonic panels was included in the Venice Biennale of 2016. VK also designed the structural concept of the art installation.
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