Sketched out by Rojkind Arquitectos in collaboration with Cadena + Asoc. Concept Design, Mercado Roma is a unique establishment located in Cuauhtémoc, Mexico, and it features 18,836 square feet of space. The project was completed in 2013 and serves as a gathering space for certain vendors and partners that are interested in showcasing their exceptional gastronomical products, many of which are based on traditional Mexican recipes.
The building was previously known as Bar Leon, and it has been repurposed to accommodate 53 vending stalls arranged in a pattern similar to that found in traditional Mexican markets. The two upper floors of the building include a few restaurants and a rooftop deck, and there’s even a vertical vegetable garden that provides a constant flow of fresh products. In order for Mercado Roma to become a reality, experts from various fields such as graphic design, industrial design, engineering and architecture put their minds together. The result is a market like no other, a place that encourages socialization and cultural exchange.
From the architect:
Conceived as a space to house expressions of the rich contemporary and Mexican gastronomic culture, Mercado Roma gives special emphasis to the sense of community and collaboration. Designed by Rojkind Arquitectos and conceptualized by Cadena + Asoc. Concept Design, the space is created to gather selected partners and vendors so they can offer their best products.
The space is also designed to favor encounters, exchanges, interactions and relationships making the experience a more meaningful one.
This project is the result of a strong collaborative process that merges multiple fields of design: architecture, engineering, industrial and graphic design, illustrators among others. An industrial space, formerly occupied by the wellknown Bar Leon, in Colonia Roma, has been repurposed for this project. The street level houses fifty three vending stalls configured in an organic and fluid arrangement, which reinterprets the grid of the traditional market.
The two upper levels house a couple of restaurants and roof deck. The project also includes and open air space surrounded by a fully functional vertical vegetable garden, from which fresh produce will be har vest to then be sold at the market, thus completing the cycle of production-distribution-retail.
Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos
Location: Calle Querétaro 225, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
Founding Partner: Michel Rojkind
Partner: Gerardo Salinas
Area: 1750.0 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro
Design Team: Barbara Trujillo, Adrian Aguilar, Adrián Krezlik, Rodrigo Flores, Rodrigo Medina, Andrea León, Beatriz Zavala
Design Furniture: Alberto Villareal, Equipo: Felipe Castañeda Emiliano Godoy + Tuux
Branding & Graphic Design: Cadena y Asociados
Structural Engineering: Maximiliano Tenenbaum Rosenfeld
Lightning: Luz y Forma
Floor Design: Cecilia León de la Barra
Media: Rosalba Rojas