Being one of the oldest markets in Kerala, the Kottappuram market has a variety of Portuguese, Dutch and traditional Kerala influences. The proximity of the market to the waterway contributed largely to its importance, which diminished with the construction of the bridge. Insensitive development adversely affected the identity, social, cultural and economic vitality of the local community.
With an integrated approach, the revitalisation of the Kottappuram market aimed at working with the local community to restore the lost social and cultural aspects of its past. The townscape was designed to introduce uniformity in the buildings in terms of scale and materials by imbibing elements from heritage buildings in and around the market. The waterfront area along with an open air theatre showcases people centric design.