Mercado do Bom Sucesso–Porto, Portugal
Location: Porto, Portugal
Developer: Urban Market Company
Designer: Ferreira de Almeida, Arquitectos Lda.
Size: 2.8 acres (1.2 ha)
Originally opened in 1952 as a fresh goods market, Mercado do Bom Sucesso is a renovated public building that hosts a shopping center, offices, a hotel, and a fresh food market. Protected as a Municipal Heritage building in an urban context that includes other iconic buildings nearby such as Casa da Música, a major concert hall, Mercado do Bom Sucesso is a resilient icon of modern architecture, surviving through the rise and dominance of modern retail and shopping centers in Porto.
Two large amenities anchor each side of the inner market space. One is the 85-room Hotel da Música. On the other side stands a civic structure housing the Manuel António Mota Foundation, which has an exhibition area, a 136-seat auditorium, and office space. The foundation is dedicated to developing and supporting initiatives in education, health, the environment, and the arts. Between the buildings stand 44 kiosks that reinvigorate the sense of an open market, plus 33 shops. In order to further integrate the market experience for all visitors, the main access to the hotel and foundation structure is through the market.