Enhancement of the Old Estación de Cádiz

The Old ‘Estación de Cádiz’, also known as ‘Estación de San Bernardo’, worked as a railway station from 1902 to 1991. Nowadays its mighty wrought iron roof shelters a precarious, temporary marketplace.

Our project is based on the idea of turning this enclosed place into an open, public space, able to change its own configuration and allow different uses, including the current one: morning marketplace, afternoon leisure center, and nighttime events.

This is possible through the recovery of the spatial peculiarity of a railway station. When the platforms are clear, the space behind the roof is wide and open, but when the trains arrive they fragment it into corridors. Recalling the building’s former activity and underlining its link to the city’s historic urban fabric, we proposed the formal recovery of the railways, and designed a new, prefabricated market stall that would slide over them.

The main structure of that stalls consists of two rings of laminated wood, with load beams and braces. That structure is wrapped with a corrugated sheet, rock wool and a waterproof layer. Both inner and exterior claddings consist of phenolic plywood boards. The facades are made of foldable, cellular polycarbonate, high light transmission panels.


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