Client: Borough Market
Site: London, UK (2013)
Designer: Wayward with DLA Architects
The Market Hall is the new social gateway for the UK’s most celebrated food market, Borough Market. A striking glass structure that opens out onto market, the Market Hall is simultaneously a classroom, a kitchen, an orchard, an information hub and a dining hall, contained within a highly distinctive and architecturally innovative public space.
The hall’s structure has been designed to maximise its horticultural potential, with huge amounts of light flooding in through the glass, vertical planters running up the pillars, and benches constructed with planting spaces at either end. As part of the Market’s commitment to sustainability, the plants are watered using a rainwater irrigation system and the resulting produce is used for cooking demonstrations, tastings, workshops and, in the case of the hops, the brewing of a new Borough Market beer.
The project was shortlisted for the New London Architecture Award.