The shells are a re-interpretation of the shaded souk. The suspended cloth of the souk stall provides a dappled shade and is ideal for temporary markets. By flipping over this catenary form, a more permanent and purely compressive structure can be realised. Glass is very suited to such a purely compressive shell structure and more over helps to create lighting conditions similar to that of the souk. The combination of semi-shade and the openess of the canopy leaves the space cool and open for fresh air to flow through. To enhance the effect of the dappled light and to reduce the solar heat load in the space, the glass shells have been fritted in a lively colour palette that complements the produce sold below.