The Cloud Market

A proposal For Van Alen Institute Flash Competition

By Street Monkey Architects,

Cage Copher, Bogdan Chipara, Stockholm, 2016


The Competition

“Responding to Europe’s migration crisis, Opportunity Space was an international design-build competition to create a temporary mobile structure that will foster economic opportunity and social inclusion in Malmö, Sweden. The competition will bring new and established residents together to produce a public space hub for education, job assistance, and social inclusion programs that benefit everyone in Malmö.”


“Opportunity Space was the first in a new Van Alen Institute series of Flash Competitions: challenges that bring together multidisciplinary teams of designers and other experts for short, intense projects in cities around the world to take on urgent societal issues through design.”


The Site

“Malmö is a gateway to Scandinavia, and a city that is rapidly growing and diversifying. It was also the point of arrival for the vast majority of refugees and asylum seekers settling in Sweden. The Enskifteshagen Park is located between Malmö’s Möllevången and Rosengård neighborhoods, well-known immigrant hubs with some of the city’s most diverse populations. A block north of the park is Amiralsgatan, one of Malmö’s main thoroughfares that connects to downtown and the waterfront. A block to the east, an existing freight line will be converted to carry commuter rail passengers, with a new train station to be built on Amiralsgatan.

The competition included two sites that are roughly 125 meters apart: an open lawn along the southwest edge of Enskifteshagen Park, and the interior of an MKB building at Kopparbergsgatan 4 in the Sofielunds Industrial Park.” ( Opportunity Space_Competition Brief,



The Project


The Cloud Market is a portable, modular canopy of clouds that creates a flexible series of subdivided spaces under a one inviting identity.


It is an architectural expression that combines the digital definition of a ”Cloud”, where people go to connect and find information, with the symbolic idea of a cloud as a symbol of dreams and potential. The Clouds are modular and can be arranged in a variety configurations to form what looks like a market.

The word ”Market” has multiple meanings and refers to a farmers market or as in this case, the job market. But in all cases, a Market is a place where you go to find the things you need and a place where everyone is welcome.


The Clouds are built with ”ribs” cut from transparent polycarbonate and are lined with clear, corrugated-fiberglass that forms the ceiling and a water-tight roof. The materials are lightweight, inexpensive and fastened together with metal clips and screws. The Clouds rest on a system of galvanized steel beams and columns bolted together, with cables strategically placed for cross-bracing. Additionally, detachable, transparent-plastic curtains can be used to create ”rooms” within the Clouds for a higher degree of weather protection and sound isolation.


To maximize the impact of the Cloud market, the larger module is tailored to the dimension of the entrance to the interior location and can be placed there for weather protection and as an orientation symbol seen from the park, making it comfortable and easy for people to find their way.


Concept model


Materials and Assembly


1. Galvanized steel C beams are layed out on the ground.

2. Ribs are cut from sheets of clear polycarbonate and fastened to the beams with c-clips and screws.

3. Clear corrugated fiberglass sheeting is fastened to the ribs in overlapping panels creating a water-tight roof.

4. Galvanized steel hollow-core columns (50cm tall- 100x100mm) are secured to foundation blocks (buried if possible). Smaller columns slide into the larger hollow-core columns and are bolted together in groups, depending on the configuration of the Clouds.

5. The Cloud is lifted and the beam is secured to the columns until ,at last, the corrugated fiberglass sheets or ”silver lining” are added to the under-side of the Cloud.

Budget Cloud  Type1: 4,350 USD


7 Polycarbonate Panels (3.5x5.4m) = 3,260

14 Corrugated Panels (1.1x5.0m) = 900

4 Foundation Blocks = 40

Columns, Beams and X-Bracing = 200

Clips, Screws and Bolts = 50

Budget Cloud Type2: 2,890 USD

7 Polycarbonate Panels (3.5x3.2m) = 2,100

13 Corrugated Panels (1.1x3.0m) = 500

4 Foundation Blocks = 40

Columns, Beams and X-Bracing = 200

Clips, Screws and Bolts = 50

Cloud Type1: 4,350 USD

Cloud 2: 2,890 USD

Corner Cloud: 1,800 USD

Modules and Configuration: 26,160 USD

Site Plan - Enskifteshagen Park


Floor Plan - Enskifteshagen Park



Floor Plan - MKB Building



MKB Building Entrance


Copyright 2017 - Bogdan Chipara