Located just north of downtown Victoria, BC, this site is an empty lot situated within walking distance of the residential area and small businesses in the downtown core. This allows for a great opportunity to extend and expand the livelihood of the downtown art scene with a marketplace focused on the arts that includes an exhibition space for rotating installations and performances in addition to traditional market vendor space. Our proposed structure is a series of angular steel frames connected by a spine. The structure begins as a single volume on the south side of the lot and as the structure moves north it splits into two, one branch curving towards the Government St access point on the west side, while the other half continues along the north-south axis. After this point of divergence, the shape of the northern-most volume begins to twist. This point of intersection of the three wings creates the central exhibition space and is sheltered by a tensile canopy throughout that is attached to the underside of the frames. The
Neon Night Market aims to stimulate an underused space by functioning in different capacities during the day and night. For a day/night space, the integration of both artificial and natural light is very important - thus we decided to separate our canopy into a structure and translucent skin, to allow for a more dynamic relationship between light, the structure, and skin. The skin could also be integrated into exhibitions in the space, as a projection surface. While the structure itself is permanent, there is no permanent construction in the interior marketplace to allow for flexibility to accommodate an evolving roster of artists and vendors.