Dutch architectural firm MVRDV has broken ground on a wholesale market for fruit and vegetables in Tainan, Taiwan.
The open-air Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market has a terraced, accessible green roof. It will be an important hub for Tainan’s food supply chain and also serve as a destination for meeting, socialising.
Located to the East of Tainan, between the city and the mountains, the market is in close proximity to Highway 3 and public transport links, making it easily accessible for traders, buyers and visitors from the surrounding farmland and the city.
The open structure with undulating ceilings allow for natural ventilation and an undulating terraced green roof is accessible from its eastern corner, where the terraces step down to ground level. The terraces will house the products of the area.
The facility takes on the appearance of rolling green hills. One side houses a four-storey structure that contains the market’s administrative offices, a restaurant and an exhibition centre where agricultural products from the region can be displayed.
The four-storey addition provides a secondary access to the landscaped roof.
Terraces of the roof will each grow a different crop, with the level of each type of plant determined by the plant’s climatic requirements.
The roof includes sheltered spots, benches and picnic tables.
The Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market design has been completed with LLJ Architects. Construction has already commenced and it is expected to be completed in 2020.
MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas said: “Tainan, in my opinion, is one of those towns which is so beautiful to me because maybe most of its nature, agriculture fields, farms, sea, and mountains.
“Tainan Market can become a building that symbolises this beauty as it compliments both landscape and its surrounding environment.
“It is completely functional and caters to the needs for auctioning, selling and buying goods, but its terraced roof with its collection of growing products will allow visitors to take in the landscape while escaping from bustle below.”
Image: Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market. Photo: Courtesy of MVRDV.