Béthune Architecture, Marché Permanent, France, Architect, French Building Project, Proposal

Halle Marché Permanent Béthune

Béthune building, France design by Zvi Hecker Architekt

22 Apr 2009

Halle Marché Permanent de Béthune

Date: 2008-

Architects: Zvi Hecker

Location: west of Lille, northeast France

The intention of Zvi Hecker Architekt is to give the city of Béthune a new contemporary symbol while preserving its two most important elements: the ‘Beffroi’ and the ‘Grand Place’.

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The ‘Marché Permanent’ is designed as a sculptural landscape – a terrace and open amphitheatre that extends the ‘Grand Place’ and reinforces its architectural identity.

Likewise the ‘Beffroi’, as can be seen from our plans, is genuinely integrated into the new design. The tower and the Marché create an architectural form of strength and originally, both complimenting and contrasting each other, achieving a balance of old and new, vertical and oblique. Two primary architectural forms brought together: the tower and the urban terrace.

The ‘Grand Place’ and the Beffroi’ are integrated not only architecturally, but functionally as well. On the ground level the market is organized on the 720 m² surface, accommodating more stands than asked for in the program. The high roof of the market provides the Marché Hall with a generous space filled with natural light and good ventilation. On the roof level an open air theatre is created – a new public space overlooking the square, the tower and the city.

This space can be used everyday – providing people of all ages with a place to sit down, play or listen to music, and as a space for diverse performances and special events. One can imagine Racine being played on this stage in the original costumes, actors descending from the tower, using it at also as a dressing room, while the city becomes its background. Needless to say that contemporary music or sound & lumière will be just as successful.

The Restaurant and the Coffee Shop are placed on the Mezzanine in between the higher roof terrace and the ‘Grand Place’, accessible from the ground floor both from the Marche or the Grand Place when the market is closed.

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As for the materials to be used for the construction of the ‘Marché Permanent’, they will include metal, glass, concrete and stone, combined in such a way as to create a dramatic sculptural effect.

We imagine a possibility to incorporate stone from the parking excavation, or parts of recovered old walls, into the new structure of the Marche. I think the people of Béthune will appreciate that the past is respected, taken care of, and exposed in the new construction.

Our design introduces a distinguishable new urban element within the city, yet that which also blends into the existing public space, in a way similar to the ‘Spanish Stairs’ in Rome or Antonio Gaudi’s ‘Park Guell’ in Barcelona. We envision that the design of the Marche permanent, by its sculptural and functional qualities, would revive the people and the city of Béthune by providing a new, unique urban symbol that values their architectural heritage.

Marche Permanent Bethune – images / information from Zvi Hecker Architects 220408

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Marche Permanent Bethune : Building Information

Halle “Marche´Permanent”, Bethune, France

client: Municipality of Bethune

address: “Grand Place” in Bethune

architect: Zvi Hecker , Architekt, Berlin / Amsterdam
collaborators: Jan Marcel Bruinshoofd, Paolo Fontana, Ingmar Faber, Frederic Fourrichon, Falk Heuer, Sharon Kern, Aleksandra Kubos-Nowak, Macej Markowski, Patrick McHugh, Katja Schmidt, Tai Schomaker, Bettina Steinmann, Jana Ullrich.

contact architect, project manager: MAtthijs Bouw, One Architecture, Amsterdam
structural engineer: Nortec Ingenieurie
area: 720 sqm
competition: 2005
budget: 1,486 Mio. EU
content: Hall for food and no food daily market, café, terraces on the roof like extension of the square and occasional performance spaces.
Construction: concrete, steel, glass and stone.

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Location: Grand Place, Bethune, France, southern Europe

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