Lio Market Hall
How can a contemporary market hall nod to a community's cultural traditions?
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
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