MALALAI . KABUL SAFE MARKET
The Malalai Market will be a new center for economic and social development specifically designed to create a safe and beautiful environment for afghan women.
The market is designed as a covered plaza, making it feel more like a street bazaar than a closed space. But, at the same time, it is protected from the weather by a roof perforated by triangular glass skylights. The Market will allow for up to 136 market stands. These shops will be organized in a easy to understand way, structured in parallel ‘avenues’ and transversal ‘streets’. All the shops will be easily accessible and have excellent natural lighting and ventilation.
The Market is divided in four areas. The Training Center has a day care, a classroom, a multipurpose space, a tea house and a prayer space. This area also creates a small enclosed playground for kids. The Market area is composed of 136 shops, a small police outpost in the entry, administration offices for the market, banking facilities, services, and two extra shops with kitchens.
The Park has a sports area and a water mirror. Finally, the Service Building has all the technical spaces necessary for the operation of the market.
The interior of the building is designed with a strong relation with exterior spaces. These spaces serve as a natural extension and complement of the activities of the market. There kids can play, and women can have informal meetings, play sports, make picnics and enjoy nature.
In complement to the economic and training activities, the market will be a leisure space. A beautiful secluded garden, made with local aromatic species and low maintenance trees and plants, will offer a safe open space for women to enjoy.
The main feature of the roof design is a highly efficient structure that uses a hexagonal pattern that minimizes the loads on the structure, reducing the costs of the building. The structural design of the roof makes reference to the rich tradition of Islamic use of geometrical patterns. In this way, it is a modern expression of the traditional values of afghan culture.