Market under a roof
The ground floor holds the market stalls, food service and seats for the public, while the upper floor houses the tourist information and Norwegian Seafood Centre.
When the architectural competition for the new Food Hall was announced in 2009, it attracted 66 proposals. The jury eventually chose that of Edel Biesel Arkitekter.
"The competition was based on clearing Torget and creating well-being and comfort, good facilities for handling fish, a good opportunity for buying seafood and maintaining the view. The Food Hall means that Bryggen and Torget can be seen from both inside and outside. Exterior and interior cross over," says architect Christine Biesel.
The market in Bergen is both historic ground and a monument in itself, and not least an important tourist attraction..
"We called our proposal 'The history continues', showing that now we are taking a step further into modern times. At the same time, we have safeguarded the history in terms of the urban environment and ensured sight lines towards Bryggen. We chose to use large glass façades that are as transparent as possible and that can be opened up on the ground floor on fine summer days."
The inspiration for the choice of colours came from the buildings around Torget and Bryggen.
"Reddish-brown, ochre yellow and white have been used around Vågen for centuries, including on Bryggen, which is indeed on UNESCO's World Heritage list. From our point of view, the Food Hall was meant as a contribution to the continuation of this history; we are just a small part of history," says Biesel.
Fireproofed wood has been used for the ceiling of the Food Hall's ground floor.
"Public buildings have strict requirements for fire safety. We wanted to have fine surfaces, so we chose fire impregnated wood," says Biesel.
For Moelven Wood, which has developed and produces the fireproofed wood, the Food Hall has become a reference building.
"The Food Hall is a typical example of a construction with many people in a large open-plan area with many open catering facilities, where there is a certain risk of fire. We have been working actively on fire protection for wood for 15 years and we have two different systems: fire-painted wood and fire-impregnated wood. Which is chosen depends on the wishes of the architect," says Winfried Schaal, product manager of Moelven Wood.
Fireproofed wood (BTT)
BTT is a very good choice of material where fire safety requirements indicate that fireproofed materials are necessary.
BTT is thoroughly documented and tested. Moelven has full international certification of BTT according to new EU standards.
The Fireguard impregnation is a patented Moelven product.
It was developed in close collaboration with SINTEF and the Norwegian Fire Safety Laboratory.
Moelven BTT is a collaboration with the paint supplier Teknos, which is Europe’s leader in fire protection.
BTT can be obtained in all colours.
BTT is an environmentally-friendly option.