London Markets

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Leadenhall Market

Situated in the city of London, Leadenhall market is made up of three main paths colliding into one central point. The market acts as a service point for pedestrians (including those working near by) with fruit and sweet stalls, restaurants and shopping facilities, as well as an attraction due to the ornamentation. The open nature of the market means that it can be used as a pedestrian route regardless of whether any shops are active or not.

The change in ground materiality depicts the different uses of the space. Smooth pavement on either sides are dedicated to pedestrians whilst the cobbled ground is for vehicular use. Interestingly, when the market is active, people intrude on the vehicular path and take over.

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Covent Garden

Located in the west end. Covent Garden is an extremely busy market hosting a multitude of events and services including restaurants, food sellers, jewellery, art, clothing and street performers. The actual market is made of an isolated hall surrounded by a square boundary of other, inward facing buildings. Pedestrians can enter the square through several roads and narrow alleyways and usually roam within the ground floor. Upper floors are restricted to private restaurants and alike.

Map of Covent Garden, the symmetrical nature of the market means that the moment of arrival is equally as impressive from all the routes.

The layers created by the different elements breaks downs ideas of inside and outside space. The being surrounded by walls could give a sense of inside space for the shopper.

Columns have the Architectural ability to create a point of gathering for shoppers. people tend to lean or sit by columns as the limitation provides an intimate space for only one or two people.

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New Spitalfields Market

A few minutes from Liverpool Street. The market is made up a long, narrow walk way on which pedestrians can window shop before reaching the market hall(or rather centre of the market) In this case, the path acts to ease pedestrians into the busy market scene. The path is protected from the element by a glass roof sitting on a steel frame in an attempt to relate to the roof of the old Spitalfields Market.

Although the new elements are quite large in scale, there is a sense of harmony in movement. Steel columns reflect the concrete extrusion on the opposite side whilst the rectangular glass reflects the similarly shaped and positioned floor slabs.

The empty market stalls (which are movable but positioned for a given time) signify the market as a past and future event. As one walks, they can imagine what has happened and therefore anticipate the even for the future.

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