Temporary Market Hall

Temporary with a lasting impression
Client: Stockholm City Real Estate Department
Location: Stockholm
Years of commission: 2013-2016
Type of project: Temporary Market Hall
Competences: Retail, Infrastructure, Interior Design

After a period of 128 years, the sale of fresh produce has returned to its original location on Östermalm’s Square in the form of a temporary Market Hall, designed by Tengbom. Not only has the temporary market hall brought new life to the area, but been such a success that after only a few weeks, business is going better than in the old Market Hall. 

Östermalm’s Square was home to a thriving market trade until the municipality banned the sale of fresh produce outdoors in order to reduce health risks. In 1888 market trade moved in to the newly completed Market Hall on an adjacent site and the square lost its original function. With the erection of a temporary Market Hall directly on the square we are able to contemplate an alternative urban reality that could have been the result of a decision to retain the market’s central location in this busy thorough fare.

Loss of urban space turns into a positive

The old Market Hall is in desperate need of modernizing and during the period of its refurbishment (also carried out by Tenbom) there was a need to find a temporary home for the market’s traders in the local area, to retain their clientele. In lack of suitable spaces, the municipality decided on a temporary solution smack bang on Östermalm’s Square. In order to be able to house all the traders and the associated functions the building had to occupy the entire open area of the square (1970 sqm).

It’s quite a remarkable and historic situation which we’re proud and happy to be part of.

From Stockholm city’s perspective it was important to turn the temporary loss of urban space into a positive addition to the urban fabric. We did this by applying considerable care to the design of the building. It required a sense of quality suitable to the local context and the historic Market Hall while using light weight, cost efficient and sustainable materials befitting the temporary nature of the building.

Photo: Felix Gerlach
Photo: Felix Gerlach

Characteristic and reusable

The temporary building’s facade consists of a lower band clad in vertical untreated pine battens of varying size mounted on plywood sheets. In the South West corner of the building and along the Eastern facade the wooden wall gives way to glazing, providing views into the Market Hall and views out for restaurant diners. The upper section of the façade is completely clad in a modular system of translucent multiwall polycarbonate sheeting, providing daylight during daytime and lights up during nighttime. The large scale structure is designed and built with a modular mounting system of steel brackets that enables quick erection and dismantling with the possibility for subsequent reuse and an alternative function at another location.

Photo: Felix Gerlach
Photo: Felix Gerlach

Market stalls, restaurants and storage are located on the ground floor; while kitchens and technical installations are located on the two mezzanines that stretch along the Northern and Southern facades. The market stalls are situated along wide, straight thoroughfares and the main entrance faces that of the old market hall on the edge of the square. With an entrance strategically located on each of the building’s four facades, the existing flow of pedestrian traffic is able continue across the square through the Market Hall during opening hours.

Good architecture pays off

The goal has been to create an attractive temporary addition to the heart of Östermalm that has a positive effect on its surroundings day and night.

Photo: Felix Gerlach
Photo: Felix Gerlach

A transient event in Stockholm’s urban history that will generate a strong flow of visitors to Östermalm and build upon the internationally renowned reputation of the historic Market Hall.

Longer opening hours in the temporary hall has brought the area new life during evenings, as well as a new clientele, without excluding or losing the patrons. A local newspaper recently reported that business actually is going better in the temporary hall, compared to the old. As architect’s we’re proud and happy to be able to show how good architecture pays off, both to the city, it’s inhabitants and to the market’s traders.

The Temporary Market Hall was the winner 2016 in Design S Award in the category Architecture. The project has also been nominated in Mies van der Rohe Award.

The team behind this project

  • Mark Humphreys Office Manager Stockholm, Architect SAR/MSA
  • Johan Cederlöf Architect SAR/MSA
  • Karin Löfgren Architect Ph. D. SAR/MSA


Mark Humphreys Office Manager Stockholm, Architect SAR/MSA +46 8 412 53 43