Its square plan shape, with a 50 metre corner for a total surface area of 2,500 square metres, as well as the articulation of its spaces, derives from the need to respond to both requirements. The conformation of the four segments into which it is divided by its diagonals, in fact, makes it possible both to accommodate different functions (processing, transformation and sale of the product), and to circumscribe damage from firearms or explosions. Each segment, with its boutiques and fixed furnishings, was designed to contain the shock wave, allowing those in the other segments to escape in less than a minute. In this sense, the routes have also been designed to be clear and well demarcated.
Inside the market, the space is very open, with a square in the centre, full of trees, similar to an oasis in the desert.
The main building element of the market -which in its appearance recalls the historical Arab tradition- is the catenary vault, a very quick and economical construction process based on a mobile metal rib consisting of three pieces, which can be disassembled and sized to be easily transported to any other part of the territory. The construction method is agile and fast: as soon as one of the vaults is stable, the next one is built by simply lowering and raising the rib after sliding it along rails. The material used for the construction of the vault is BTS brick made of stabilised earth, which is local, climatically and economically sustainable, and easy and quick to build.