In rural Niger, markets run on a weekly basis, allowing sellers to move from village to village all week long to offer their products. With a rapidly increasing population, the village Dandaji felt a need for a more permanent market for its own inhabitants to both procure and sell goods in a more consistent way.
The current weekly market is organized around an ancestral tree that has become the public space to be during Market Day for market-goers and sellers. The new project stays on the same site and amplifies an experience the village inhabitants have come to count on.
To create the market, a colourful canopy is pieced together from individual shading structures that provide protection to the simple selling platforms below. It creates a whimsical world that complements the colourful goods on display, while protecting patrons from the scorching sun. The market is laid out to progressively step down to the old tree, the surroundings of which are formalized to become a real public space with seating and rest spaces for all to gather within.
Walking along the shaded lanes, one experiences the simplicity of the earth brick stalls that contribute to the cooling of space, while the shading structures help the air flow throughout.
LOCATION: Dandaji, Niger
ARCHITECTS: Atelier Masomi
DESIGN: Mariam Kamara, Harouna Diallo