The city of Guelph in Ontario, Canada is growing rapidly. With a well-founded employment rate, Guelph struggles to define its city center, where communal, economical, and social connections are strengthened. Therefore, a food market is the correct solution for Guelph's communal disconnect, bridging the gap as markets have historically. Additionally, Guelph, in its master plan for the city longs to reconnect with the Speed River. This project, being found on a site at the convergence of three distinct zones - residential, business, and civic - strives to join these centrally into its market hall.
After being connected, the city is led by the directionality of the project's barrel vaults to traverse across the mew and reconnect with the river. To not take away from the power in the connection between the project and the Speed River, whilst still providing circulation against the spatial grain and through the barrel vaults, a system is set where walls that are placed against the grain are no greater than twenty-five feet in length, and the body is guided by the shifting of barrel vaults that created three distinct courtyard spaces that also serve to bring natural light into the deepest level of the project.