The amount of informal markets and farmers selling their goods on the streets in a very messy manner means that the skyline, of what is now a clean and organized historic city center, gets tinted with spots of “visual incongruence” as many of the locals say. Mercado Libertad provides a solution to such problem. The market consists of four different pavilions that host up to 300 spaces for merchants to have a formal, well equipped, and safe place to have their business. The design approach is one of the first experiences of parametric design, creating a shape that simulates waves made of a space frame grid. The design is complex, yet inviting to the people and tourist nearby. Multiple courtyards inside the design are created and hugged by the structure when it loses its shell and takes an ivy cover instead, this provides shade while freshening the spaces and creating living and convergency spaces.

The amount of informal markets and farmers selling their goods on the streets in a very messy manner means that the skyline, of what is now a clean and organized historic city center, gets tinted with spots of “visual incongruence” as many of the locals say. Mercado Libertad provides a solution to such problem. The market consists of four different pavilions that host up to 300 spaces for merchants to have a formal, well equipped, and safe place to have their business. The design approach is one of the first experiences of parametric design, creating a shape that simulates waves made of a space frame grid. The design is complex, yet inviting to the people and tourist nearby. Multiple courtyards inside the design are created and hugged by the structure when it loses its shell and takes an ivy cover instead, this provides shade while freshening the spaces and creating living and convergency spaces.