Wholesale Market, Tainan City Commercial Building, Southern Taiwan Architecture Development, Real Estate Photos

Tainan Wholesale Market in Taiwan

21 Feb 2023

Architect: MVRDV

Location: Tainan City, Southern Taiwan

Tainan Wholesale Market Southern Taiwan

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Wholesale Market, Southern Taiwan

MVRDV completes wholesale market in Tainan with publicly accessible roof MVRDV has completed construction of a new Wholesale Market for fruit and vegetables in Tainan.

Wholesale Market Tainan

Already dubbed by Taiwan’s United Daily News as “the most beautiful fruit and vegetable market in Taiwan”, the open-air market not only serves as an important hub for Tainan’s food supply chain, but also as a destination for meeting, socialising, and taking in views of the surrounding landscape from the building’s accessible roof, thus promoting tourism in the region. In the future, the roof can be further developed, with the possibility to grow fruit and vegetables on top of the structure.

Wholesale Market Tainan

Tainan Market represents an ambitious architectural experiment. Here, MVRDV reinvents the typology of the wholesale market – a building type that is usually housed in simple metal sheds – and turns it into a mixture of a market and a public green space. In doing so, the design takes an often prosaic part of the food industry and elevates it into a place for the public to experience food and appreciate views of the landscape.

Tainan Wholesale Market Southern Taiwan

The market is located to the East of Tainan, between the city and the mountains and, thanks to its proximity to Highway 3 and public transport links, is easily accessible from both the surrounding farmland and the city, making it equally convenient for traders, buyers, and visitors.

Tainan Wholesale Market Southern Taiwan

The design comprises a simple open structure with an undulating green roof that forms a series of rolling hills. On its eastern corner, via a series of terraces planted with colourful plants and flowers, this roof steps down to the ground, allowing visitors easy access to the top of the building.

Wholesale Market Tainan Southern Taiwan

The building thus provides an elevated platform from which visitors can appreciate the landscape that characterises this part of Taiwan, from a building that creates a continuation of that landscape. On one side, a simple four-storey structure contains the market’s administrative offices and an exhibition centre where agricultural products from the region can be displayed. This four-storey addition punctures the main structure, providing a secondary access to the roof.

Wholesale Market Tainan Southern Taiwan

Below the roof, the market space is simple yet highly functional. The structure is open on all sides, and the building’s high undulating ceilings allow for plenty of natural ventilation. Combined with the temperature modulating effect of the earth and plants on the roof, this makes for a passively cooled building that remains comfortable even in Taiwan’s warm summers.

Wholesale Market Tainan

Wholesale Market Tainan Southern Taiwan

Currently, the roof features a park with grass and patches of flowers, but the original design – which proposed to grow crops instead – could still be completed at any time. This would turn the roof into an educational farm, where visiting schoolchildren could learn about both how food is grown and the subsequent supply chain that delivers it to their plates.

Wholesale Market Tainan Southern Taiwan

Wholesale Market Tainan Southern Taiwan

“Tainan’s surroundings, in my opinion, is one of those areas which is so beautiful to me because of its nature, fields, farms, sea, and mountains”, says Winy Maas, founding partner of MVRDV. “Tainan Market reflects this beauty as it complements the landscape. It is completely functional and caters to the needs for auctioning, selling, and buying goods, but its terraced roof with – eventually – its collection of plants and crops will allow visitors to take in the landscape while escaping from the bustle below.”

Wholesale Market Tainan

Tainan Market is the second of MVRDV’s projects in to be completed in Taiwan in recent years, following Tainan Spring, which strategically demolished a shopping centre to create a new public square with a lagoon. Elsewhere in Taiwan, MVRDV’s design for Sun Rock – a warehouse and repair workshop for an energy company that is completely covered in solar panels – is soon to start construction on the coast in Changhua, and the firm recently won a competition for the dramatic redesign of a town’s water infrastructure in Huwei.

Wholesale Market Tainan

The design of the Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market was completed with LLJ Architects.

Tainan Wholesale Market Southern Taiwan

Tainan Wholesale Market in Southern Taiwan – Building Information

Architects: MVRDV – https://www.mvrdv.nl/

Project Name: Tainan Market
Location: Tainan City, Taiwan
Year: 2016–2022
Client: Tainan City Government Agricultural Bureau
Size and Programme: 12,331 m2 – wholesale market
Sustainability certification: EEWH-BC Silver Certificated

Tainan Wholesale Market Southern Taiwan

Architect: MVRDV
Founding Partner in charge: Winy Maas
Partner: Wenchian Shi
Design Team: Hui-Hsin Liao, Xiaoting Chen, Chi Yi Liao, Chiara Girolami, Enrico Pintabona, Maria Lopez,
Gustavo van Staveren, Emma Rubeillon, Dong Min Lee, Jose Sanmartin, Cheng Cai, Yi Chien Liao
Visualisations: Antonio Luca Coco, Pavlos Ventouris
Strategy and Development: Isabel Pagel, Bart Dankers
Copyright: MVRDV Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries

Co-architect: LLJ Architects
Contractor: Yuh-Tong Construction Co., LTD.; Jiuyang Electric And Plumbing Engineering Co. Ltd.
Landscape architect: The Urbanists Collaborative
Structural engineer: Columbus Engineering Consultants Inc.
Soil and water: Kuo Soil and Water Technicians
Green Building: Green Building Technology Consultants

Tainan Wholesale Market Southern Taiwan

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Tainan Wholesale Market, Southern Taiwan images / information received 210223 from MVRDV Architects, NL

Location: Tainan City, Taiwan, eastern Asia

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