Intending to revitalize the "Santa-Caterina" public market square in Barcelona Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue of EMBT Arquitectes designed a new roof for the market hall, which dates from 1848 and is located on the square.
Miralles' and Tagliabue's concept sensitively references the spatial circumstances of the surrounding residential buildings and plazas in the design. The main feature of the construction project is a geometrically ingenious roof structure made of colorfully glazed stone tiles by Ceramica Cumella. The ceramic tiles, fired at high temperature with bright, transparent glazes reflect the shape and colors of the surroundings. Viewed from above the roof structure has the appearance of a Tetris-pattern flying carpet. The roof's clear color macro-mosaic brings to mind the hustle and bustle inside the building, indeed even taking the shapes and colors of the fruit and vegetables on sale there. An imaginative, playful design that has breathed new life into a gloomy site.