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Crystal Palace, Guayaquil, Ecuador (1907)

Artist/Designer: Carlos Van Ischot, Francisco Manrique

Project Location: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Figure 1: Interior ( Source )
Figure 2: Interior ( Source | Photographer: Mafer P )
Figure 3: Interior ( Source )
Figure 4: View of the reflective fountains ( Source )
Figure 5: Historic image of the market ( Source )
Figure 6: Exterior ( Source | Photographer: Zug55 )
Figure 7: The exterior at night ( Source )

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Primary Material(s):
Glass, Steel

Exhibition, Retail Store, Exhibtions: Art Gallery, Community

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Significant Date(s):
1900-1909, 1907, 2000-2009, 2002

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Additional Information:
The Crystal Palace is also known as Mercado Sur. It was built in 1907 to be a covered market for the city of Guayaquil, making it the centre of economic activity in the city. It was designed by Belgian architects who studied under Gustav Eiffel. The wrought iron was brought over from Belgium and assembled in Ecuador.
The market remained a food market though out the rest of the 20th century, but in 2002 it reopened after renovations as part of Guayaquil’s Urban Regeneration project. Now the Palace hosts events, handicraft stalls, and art exhibitions.
It has a capacity of 900 people.

Project Description:
Today the structure is also known as the Crystal Palace, due to the glass that has enclosed the space. Water fountains surround the perimeter of the building and reflect the wrought iron work depending on the light from the sun and the moon.

Building Address:
Malecón Simón Bolivar & Av Jose Joaquin de Olmedo,
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Supporting Designers/Staff:
Verhaeren Ca Jager Ingenerius Construiters - the Belgian firm that carried out the work

Significant Dates:
1907 - Built
2002 - Renovated

Associated Projects:

Market, Exhibition, Food Hall, Historical, City Centre, Guayaquil, Ecuador

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