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The La Concepción Market which took its name from the nearby church is the oldest Market of the Eixample neighborhood, officially opened in 1888. The project was commissioned to Antoni Rovira and Trias, Catalan architect, urban planner and founder of several associations, among them Societat Filomàtica de Barcelona.
Antoni Rovira i Trias is known for his work as architect of several public buildings in Barcelona, among others the markets of Barceloneta (1873), El Born (1876) and San Antoni (1879). He was also responsible for the demolition of the Ciutadella, the 18th-century military citadel, vital to the development of the city and was awarded in 1859 by the City Council of Barcelona that had called for tenders, with the project for the extension of Barcelona after the walls of the old city had been demolished with a project based on a circular grid surrounding the walled city that grew in a radial shape around the old town, integrating the surrounding villages through avenues. Even though the project for the extension was finally imposed by the central Government, which had convened another call for tenders for the same work at the same time, with the final award made to the engineer Ildefons Cerdà. Cerdà's planning straddled a huge imaginary rectangle of horizontal and vertical parallel streets, which formed an ensemble of square blocks with beveled communication routes.
The Mercat de la Concepció spans the width of a block in the heart of the Example, in between Aragó, València, Bruc and Girona streets, with the main accesses through Aragó and València. The building of the market occupies a single ground floor plan of 38.5 x 105 metres in the center of the block and the ground was located on an intermediate level between the gradients of the streets of València and Aragó. The building, classic metal structure of the time comprises three bays, each one of them covered: a large central 20-metre-wide bay with a maximum height of 13.45, and two 8.0-metre-wide side bays with a maximum height of 7.8 meters.
As many of these old markets in the different neighborhoods of Barcelona the Mercat de la Concepcio had undergone a process of physical and commercial decadence due to the degradation of the structure and installations as well of the changing of habits of the customers. A complete renovation of the structure and cover to retrieve the original elements of a building that is part of the historic heritage of the city along with a complete transformation of the interior space to create an underground car parks area and to incorporate new business areas like a modern supermarket with package products, a retailer of household appliances and a covered and a new area on the side of Valencia Street dedicated to the sale of fresh flowers and plants.
The architect in charge of the remodeling Project of the Concepció Market was Albert de Pineda i Alvarez, and the reopening of the new space after the works were finished took place in 1998.
Close to the Mercat de la Concepcio is our Barcelona Accommodation Modernist Bay Window apartment.