Market Halls

location Turin, Italy
built 1999
architect Bonifica Iritecna
static membrane IF, Reichenau
covered area approx. 8,500 sq.m
material PES/PVDF Type IV
There is busy freight and delivery traffic in the central fruit and vegetable market in Turin. Textile architecture was a wise choice to organize the different terminals. Simple layout and a logical structuration of the Bays created the structure of the market hall.

The textile architecture of this market hall included 11 individual structures in sizes of 400, 1.300 and 2.400 sqm of roof space. This provides sufficient space for trucks, for parking,- loading and unloading. The textile architecture design principle is identical for all of them: filigree braced girders on high concrete supports carry the roof structure with high-points arranged in series. The 9 m long cantilever beams of the braced girders are stabilized by circumferential tension bars. The PVDF-coated type IV fabric used here resists the calculated snow loads (up to 150 kg/m) as much as the winds from the nearby Alps. Requirements to textile architecture are not only given by structural requirements, but also have to integrate an aesthetic design with the most efficient layout.

Textile architecture is a continue effort to combine architectural geometry with space efficiency.