Lio Market Hall

How can a contemporary market hall nod to a community's cultural traditions?

El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Schematic Design

The Lio Market Hall takes the traditional “Ifugao” aesthetic of the salakot hat and multiplies it into a field. 

The result is a recognizable visual pattern for the town that provides shelter for a spectrum of community events unfolding beneath its roof. The ground plane stitches together the commercial strip and the natural mangrove park through a layering of wooden horizontal surfaces to facilitate circulation.

Pyramid-shaped structural volumes allow for column free spaces to meet the changing needs of a village market. The muted tone of the roof structure draws the viewer’s attention beyond the architecture, toward the vibrant colors of the landscape it inhabits.

  • PROJECT TEAM: Carlos Arnaiz, Alex Tseng