Salem's Hallal Meat Market, 1999

The one and only Hallal Meat Market of Pittsburgh belongs to Massaoud Salem, an engineer turned butcher, who initially was looking to satisfy just his own family's "hallal" meat needs. He had purchased a property which had a commercial use several years earlier. Due to this non-conforming use condition and the local regulations restricting the alteration of existing properties, the "simple" store design turned into a major retrofit project.

Plans of Salem's Hallal Meat Market

The design accommodates the scale and vocabulary of the existing fabric. It slides between the existing party walls on either side (not to mention under the unexcavated rear portion of the site) a brand new store. Exterior cladding and the skinny and long space at the store level present particularly difficult design challenges.

Elevations of Salem's Hallal Meat Market