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Cáceres Market Competition

In association with J. Anglada y D. Gelabert

If serious economic difficulties were the characteristic trait of the 1940s in the Spanish State, then as from 1957, with the liberalisation of the economy, we could start to talk about a revival, which occurred in both the public and private spheres, in which the administrations started up an infrastructures plan that gave rise to the renovation of ageing facilities.

Thus, a series of tenders were organised open to modern architecture that resulted in a renovation of all kinds of buildings (markets, schools, hospitals, sports stadiums, railway stations, etc.). In this context, Josep Ribas González and his studio colleagues, J. Anglada and D. Gelabert, presented the SETA draft project for a market that Cáceres City Council had put out a tender for.

Even though the building was never realised, it is probably one of the most reformist proposals of the time. Using levels of two and three floors, it proposed achieving the utmost use of the space, taking into account the property had to be located on a block with a steep slope.

The key part to this project we can find in the play of the roofing, which, in the form of inverted pyramids, made full use of the structural pillars of the building to open to the right and left and create a sensation of harmonious continuity.

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