|The superb dome of the
wholesales market in Agadir was built after the earthquaque of 1960
(25,000 death), but remains unused for years,
and experienced a fire 12 tears ago which partially destroyed the polyester roof cladding.
Hopefully, 45 years after its erection, the steel frame is still in good shape, but starts to rust in exposed areas.
Some projects of renovation were submitted to the Municipality, after a design competition in 2001.
This elegant structure is one of the symbol of the reconstruction of the city, and of dynamism of Souss valley...
|Owner: City of Agadir
P. Coldefy et Claude Verdugo
Space farme and cladding contractor:
SEA Roger Boyer (Agadir)
Space frame consultant:
Dimension between supports: 34.70m
The dome is supported on 3 nodes.
Diameter of the pipes:
D. 114 and 133 mm
A little history ...
The dome of the Wholesale Market of Agadir was designed in 1964/1965 under the auspices of the "Haut Commissariat à la Reconstruction d’Agadir,", by architects P. Coldefy and C. Verdugo.
Fabrication, erection of the dome and design-erection of the polyester cladding were achieved by Company Boyer (Agadir).
Design, calculations, and shop-drawings had been awarded to Stephane Duchateau, well known french engineer, who had been the first to introduce the tubular framing and space frames in the 50s, in France and in Europe.
Holder of several patents, he developed in 1960 a system allowing to built light one-layer tubular structures.
The dome in 1975