Rotterdam-based Liong Lie Architects had the cool opportunity to design a brand new hall, with 29 Jeweler Shops, for the gold dealers and goldsmiths that offer their wares each weekend at the Goudstraat (Goldstreet), at the Eastern Market of the famous Bazaar.
The designers based the uneven shape of the building on a raw piece of gold. The exterior is defined by a 35 meter long facade that explains the visitors in a glance what they can find here: all that glitters is gold! They covered the façade with gold-tinted panels with a triangle pattern. The panels are placed in different orientations so that the entire building sparkles and shimmers under different lighting conditions during the day and at night.
Contrary to the exterior of the building, which is very visible and prominent, the design of the interior is very modest. Everything is black, even the reflective floors and ceiling. In combination with the lighting, the attention is directed to the shining of the displayed jewelry of the gold dealers, allowing the gold really shine.