PAB Architects transform trading in Senegal with “City markets”

Turkish architecture practice PAB has designed a modular city market in Senegal which can transform the way in which traders operate.

Pınar Gökbayrak, Ali Eray and Burçin Yıldırım, the co-founders of PAB Architects, created “City markets”on the request of the Senegalese Government to provide a  more organised and secure market place in 13 different locations of the country.

The main starting point of the project is to create a modular and flexible design built with local materialst hat can easily be manufactured, keeping in mind the socio-economical factors of the community and with an awareness of local climate conditions and requirements.

The shop unit is proposed to be constructed by prefabricated steel frame for fast and easy implementation and mounted on site. The coating of these units can be either bricks, which is a local material widely used or dry process panels, according to the preferences. The shopfront can also be diversified according to different needs: the shop can have a glass shop window, a metal/bamboo shutter folding sideways with a free shop entrance or a fixed counter at the entrance of the shop with a shutter folding up.

These shop modules can be brought together in different variations, according to the site location, its relation with the road and the population it will serve. There are two main systems made up of these shop modules: courtyard system and alley-system. These two systems can be brought together in different variations and with different square meters. They can also be used together with an open-air market with textile sunscreens. Settling around a courtyard is also advantageous in terms of climate control, creating shadowy outdoor areas.

The project is planned to start from one of the largest cities in Senegal, Kaolack, where the existing market place was burned down. The project will then be adapted to different scales and sites across 13 locations.