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Chybik + Kristof Architects’ structure for Czech brand Manifesto Market raises new possibilities for sustainable public space activations.

Key features
A hospitality brand with the ambition of regenerating underutilized urban areas through temporary activations, Manifesto Market has had two locations in Prague. Its third opening in the Czech capital is rooted in the city’s Anděl district, which is populated by commercial businesses and a hub for public transit. Chybik + Kristof Architects took to an untapped area in the neighbourhood to install a modular structure that reflects Manifesto Market’s ‘reversible design’ ethos. The brand commissions spaces that are compatible with a variety of sites, so that their architectural systems can be reused when the market relocates.

The Anděl market is shrouded by a veil of blue scaffolding that stands out on the street. Inside the greenery-incorporated structure – inspired by Prague’s many courtyards – are the necessary functional units. They are clad in corrugated aluminum sheets and outfitted with lighting and furniture repurposed from a previous installation. An elevated wooden platform obscuring technical equipment doubles to give barrier-free access to the units.

Frame’s take
While the pandemic had a devastating impact on hospitality businesses, it did rejuvenate our appreciation for open-air dining. Manifesto Market’s concept taps into the fun of food halls and street-food fairs with a purpose. Its pledge to urban regeneration is simultaneously effective at encouraging urbanites to explore new areas, consider new means of using their city’s space, and strengthening the brand’s visibility. Chybik + Kristof Architects’ instantly recognizable space for the market is a clever way to continue the company’s sustainability agenda while providing an attractive (and green) public meeting area for the community.

Designed by Chybik + Kristof Architects
Photography by Studio Flusser


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