Old Spitalfields transformation
We’ve recently completed one of our biggest ever projects for The Old Spitalfields Market which included making 100 market stalls, mobile bar/food units, tables, benches and huge tree planters that hinge open to allow the trees to be removed easily. All were designed by Foster + Partners as part of their transformation of the market.
Foster + Partners wanted to challenge the existing market layout and improve the functionality and appearance of the stalls, while being flexible enough to cater to individual retailers. Importantly, they wanted to maintain the essence of Old Spitalfields Market, and the qualities that make it a unique and lively public space. The result is a beautifully imagined, flexible background setting for a variety of market traders and their goods, which now take centre stage.
There’s a really wide range of merchandise sold on the market, all with differing requirements for display so the stalls have been designed to be configured in many different ways depending upon what is being sold. Each stall incorporates storage at the base and has integrated electrics and lighting. In the evenings, they can be easily folded up and stored elsewhere if the space is required for events, or used as tables for informal drinks. Made from solid ash with brass accessories, the stalls will age beautifully and develop a patina over the years.
Read more about the transformation and inspiration on the Old Spitalfields website >
Credit Image NIgel Young / Foster + Partners