The Central Market Paramaribo (1970), designed by Peter Jacobus Nagel

The Central Market Paramaribo (1970), designed by Peter Jacobus Nagel

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A building history survey

The Central Market (1970) in Paramaribo, Suriname, has been experiencing a decline in popularity in recent years. In addition, very little is known about the market mechanism and the historical and architectural data of the market building. This master's thesis initially seeks to compile data into a building- archaeological and architectural analysis, to link heritage values to the market building. A second objective aims at understanding the design's place in the architect's oeuvre. The master thesis includes a literature review, in-depth observations at the market, participatory moments, and interviews with residents and experts. The research question is: What are the heritage values of the market building and what is the place of the design of the market building in the design of the architect ir. Peter Nagel? Nagel's oeuvre reveals a gradual focus on ventilation, aeration and light, which fits seamlessly with the market building design. New elements such as skylights and glass tiles were explored. Based on the value assessment, it can be concluded that the market building is of social, cultural and historical importance to the Surinamese population. This research is part of an interdisciplinary study on the resilient activation of the Central Market that can contribute to the revitalization of downtown.

  • Authors:
    • Viktoria Verhelst

    • Dirk Laporte (Promotor)
    • Marciano Dasai (Promotor)
  • Period:
    • 2022 — 2023  

    • Urbanism & Spatial Planning

    • Master thesis

    • Anton De Kom Universiteit van Suriname