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Food Halls


We love food halls for their variety, focus on local goods, and the way they force us to create our own meandering choreography through stalls and vendors. Some of our favorites are the old markets (or new markets in old buildings), but the program shows no sign of becoming a thing of the past. New food halls are popping up as amenities in commercial and residential projects. Is the food hall the new food truck?

St. Roch Market in New Orleans was built in 1875. The building has gone through several renovations and uses. After Hurricane Katrina it was gutted and restored.

In 2014, St. Roch returned to its roots as a multi-tenant food hall with dining and shopping (and a great oyster happy hour).

The Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia (images 1 & 2, below) occupies the ground floor and basement levels of a former train shed. The 1893 market's vendor stalls are arranged in a grid pattern with an open area in the center with tables and seating. Two of the 100 vendors are descendants of original merchants from its initial opening!

Ponce City Market in Atlanta (image 3, below) breathes new life into the former Sears, Roebuck & Company building, restoring its prominence as a vital landmark in Atlanta’s burgeoning Old Fourth Ward.

This Valencian Art Nouveau market was completed in 1928 by architect Enrique Viedma Vidal. Its unusual roof comprises original domes and sloping sections at different heights.

The Source in Denver is a new generation artisan food market that occupies a former 1880‘s brick foundry building.

The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, or la Boqueria, is a public market in Barcelona with roots dating back to the 13th century.

The name is believed to derive from the Catalan "boc," meaning "goat"; a boqueria would be a place where goat meat is sold. Construction began in 1840 under the direction of the architect Mas Vilá. The market officially opened in the same year. The metal roof dates to 1914.

In 2007, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands remodeled Milan department store La Rinascente’s top floor food hall (right). A three dimensional back-lit ceiling adds drama.

At the Tsvetnoy Central Market in Moscow, the firm clad the ceiling in highly-polished stainless steel, which reflects the produce and visitors below and reflects light from the deep windows over Tsvetnoy Boulevard and the skylight on the top floor.

Chelsea Market is one of our favorite food destinations in Manhattan. Fun fact: It was built in the former Nabisco factory complex where the Oreo cookie was invented and produced.

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