The Temporary Market Hall

When the old historic Östermalm market hall in Stockholm, that dates back from 1888, was in need of rehabilitation and modernizing it was necessary to find a temporary home for the market´s traders in the local area to retain their business. In lack of suitable locations, the municipally decided to make use of the Östermalm Square, just opposite the old market hall and also the location of Östermalms market before 1888. Creating the 1970 sqm temporary market hall was a challenge: – From Stockholm city’s perspective it was important to turn the temporary loss of urban space into a positive addition to the urban fabric. We did this by applying considerable care to the design of the building. It required a sense of quality suitable to the local context and the historic Market Hall while using lightweight, cost efficient and sustainable materials befitting the temporary nature of the building, Tengbom explains. – The goal has been to create an attractive temporary addition to the heart of Östermalm that has a positive effect on its surroundings day and night. A transient event in Stockholm’s urban history that will generate a strong flow of visitors to Östermalm and build upon the internationally renowned reputation of the historic Market Hall, the architects continue. After only a few weeks in business it was obvious that the temporary market hall brought new life to the area and has so far been a great success. The market hall was the winner of the Design S Award 2016 in the Architecture category and was also nominated for the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award.


Photo: Felix Gerlach

Photo: Felix GerlachPhoto: Felix Gerlach