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The Kariakoo market is the commercial centre of Dar es Salaam. It forms the core of the Kariakoo area in the city and one can practically buy everything there.

The structure resembles a set of trees, which provide shade for the market. the roof is realised as a set of funnels, collecting rainwater in underground tanks. A ingenious logistic scheme was developed for distribution and delivery of goods. The building since it realisation functioned as a magnet, attracting much more trade than the market is providing space for, so trade is overflowing the vicinity since.

This project was studied by students from ARDHI University (Dar es Salaam), KU Leuven, Eindhoven and Delft Universities during the workshop 'Modern Architecture in Tanzania around Independence', which took place in July 2005 in Dar es Salaam.

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Project details
Project name: Kariakoo Market
Description: Market building in the Kariakoo area
Category: public & culture
Design: Beda Amuli
Consultants: GMP consultants
Building status: in use
Construction period: 1972 - 1974
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Coordinates: 6°49'10.9'' S, 39°16'29.7'' E
Tags: big ideas, education, urban
Project ID: 115
Published: 16 September 2011
Last updated: 9 July 2012
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