Arte Charpentier is carrying out a study on the construction, modernisation and extension of a network of around 35 markets in Benin. Of the 29 markets to be realised by the agency, 21 of them are situated at Cotonou, and the others at Porto-Novo, Abomey Calavi and Parakou.
The project aims to provide 11 communes with the most up-to-date market facilities and combat the problem of haphazard occupation of public areas. It will improve circulation around marketplaces, provide a better integration of market facilities in the urban environment, help to improve security, and lead to an increase in financial resources available. In addition, it will create more jobs related to the functioning of the markets.
This is therefore an ambitious project dealing with markets in both an urban and rural setting, and of different scales such as secondary markets serving a neighbourhood, district markets and regional, or rural, markets serving a county.
The study was orientated by the following aspects:
– the integration of the markets in the immediate urban context. These municipal facilities structure the city, towards which the flow of merchandise, shoppers and streets converge. The markets act as the catalysts of urban renewal.
– their social dimension. The analogy of a living organism with a social network feeding, and being fed by, them.
– the symbolic aspect of the markets in terms of their contribution to the global identity of the town and as landmarks within the urban fabric
– the modular character of the construction adaptable to different sites and scales. In association with a climate controlling envelope capable of enclosing large spaces, and the provision of communal facilities for use by vendors and the public.
– The capacity to adapt to environmental constraints, such as climate, sun, heat, humidity and rainfall, by means of the use of local natural resources including water, wind, light, and energy. The promotion of re-use and recycling.
The project’s HQE (High Environmental Quality) certification dictates the natural lighting and ventilation of all buildings.
– Client: Ministry of living quality and sustainablility
– Architecte Team Leader: Arte Charpentier Architectes
– Local partners: SARA Consult, Champs Urbain, CASA Archi, E-Space, Triumphus, K2AI-A4, Derou Partners, Urba Tropic
– Title: Modernisation of Bénin Markets
– Villes : Cotonou, Abomey, Parakou, Abomey-Cavaly, Porto-Novo
– Design Study: 2021
– Assignment: Architectural and technical design study for the modernisation and extension of the market network
– Area: 500 m² to 100 000 m² (29 entities)
Photo credits: DR Arte Charpentier Architectes