Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mercato del Pesce

Fish Market building, LivornoThe “Mercato del Pesce” (Fish Market) seen from the top of the “Mastio di Matilde”. In background the Venice quarter and, on the left, the “Ponte della Venezia”. In foreground the terrace we have seen in “Piazza dei grani” and the new “Santa Trinita” bridge.Fish Market building, LivornoThe market was built on a project by the architects Beata di Gaddo and Pietro Barucci, winners of a design contest organized in the late 1950s by our Municipality.Fish Market building, LivornoLooking like a pagoda and, as they say, inspired by the shape of a sail, it was built in the early 1960s using the béton brut technique.
The building looks more like a tent to me, never had many fans in town and teaches us the wonders a good coat of paint can do.

20 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

I like the building VP. Thanks for the video.

Jacob said...

This fish market reminds me of a ship...and many churches in this country and others use this fundamental design...the symbolism being the church is a ship carrying believers safely through the storms of life. That's where the word, "nave," came from - the maritime connection.

Your fish market could easily be mistaken for a church in the U.S.

The video was interesting...never saw so many fish in one place...and some big ones, too!

Jacob said...

You may remember this church from Ocala DP:

http://ocaladailyphoto.blogspot.com/2009/10/first-christian-church.html

ρομπερτ said...

It would indeed be of great joy seeing you make a different kind of map of your city. Thank you for sharing such beauty. Please have a good Wednesday.

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Farmchick said...

This does look much like a church to me. I did enjoy the video!

Randy said...

Interesting design. Looks almost like a barn.

Hilda said...

Yes, it does look like a tent. I sure hope it's well-ventilated!

Small City Scenes said...

I can see the church connection and also the sail of a ship. Interesting video---the fish---zowie---kinda like out here. MB

cieldequimper said...

Is this what we call "la criée" ? I just love Vivaldi for breakfast.
I have to disagree about the architecture: much worse buildings have been built in the 50s, I actually like the sloping roof. And I really like that last shot, it's very graphic.

Dina said...

I am a fish eater, but still, seeing so many beautiful but dead fish in boxes is kind of sad.
The video is so educational for me who has never seen a fish market. So that's how it is done!

joo said...

What a varity of fish! Wow - not to be found here.
This market is a bit strange, and in Poland also it could be mistaken for a church!
Thanks for video:)

Kaori said...

It really does look like a big tent! The inside is very unique, too!

brattcat said...

So many fish. Are there any left in the sea? These are excellent shots, VP, and though you may not admire the design of this building, you certainly present it in an appealing way.

Cezar and Léia said...

Thanks for the video, it's cool.In fact the architecture really reminds a tent but also reminds me those modern churches like we have in some places in Brazil.
Hugs
Léia

Traveling Hawk said...

Interesting building! And video! Thanks.

Halcyon said...

It looks good in the third shot with the stairs leading up to it. But I agree with you, otherwise it's just a massive gray tent!

JM said...

Fantastic view on the top shot! The roof shape and the palm trees give the photo a very Indonesian look. OK, forget about the nice buildings in the background! :-) Great posts while I was away, VP!

Steffe said...

I'd say it reminds me of a tent.

Francisca said...

What a great slant of the roof!

Francisca said...

PS. I take it that is a wholesale market as well as retail. Are they sell by auction, I see on the video? Interesting "arena" looking down on the seafood on the conveyor belt.