A Tour of The Original Life Market in Beijing
Original Life Market is an underground space focusing on the sale of organic products in the center of Beijing. The project was completed by international group of architects and urban planners Latitude Architectural Group with offices in Madrid and Beijing.
“An organic market is not simply an ordinary place to purchase food. It is a place where you go to seek out products that reflect the taste and feel of nature. With this in mind, our goal is to design every part of the market based on the principle of flexibility, adapting every decision to the nuanced demands of each kind of food and product. Thus, the experience of purchasing daily goods becomes more than a routine, it becomes an experience wherein the customer perceives the essence of the products sold in this kind of place. The underground space of the market is divided into a semi-exterior space at the entrance and a large inner area for food display and preparation. The semi-exterior space at the entrance contains a resting area that helps to make the space friendlier, and also to attract casual encounters among the neighbors of the area into the shopping activity. The interior space starts with the cashiers, small bakery, and flower shop that the costumer sees first. The rest of the market is organized in thematic areas which have been arranged using modular system, creating a common theme that defines the proposal: fruits and vegetable area, butcher shop, dried fruits area, dairy products area, refrigerator area and a wine cellar. These areas have their own organization and specific features although integrated with the common language of the whole market. The design language is based on the materials applied for: the flooring which is designed as a pattern of hexagonal tiles that adapts to the different areas, with different shades of green; The ceiling which is composed of a grid of tubular white structure that works as a base for the lighting system. Meanwhile, it hides the HVAC infrastructure and gives a sense of continuity to the whole space,” said Latitude Architectural Group
- Location: Being, China
- Date completed: 2015
- Size: 21,500 square feet
- Design: Latitude Architectural Group
- Photos: Shannon Fagan