From nine o’clock in the morning, until eight o’clock in the evening, the inhabitants of Rotterdam will have a chance to evaluate fresh food and other goodies inside a new massive arch-shaped venue. The Rotterdam Market Hall was described by the architects at MVRDV as “a sustainable combination of food, leisure, living and parking, fully integrated to celebrate and enhance the synergetic possibilities of the different functions. A secure, covered square emerges beneath an arc, conceived as an inversion of a typical market square and its surrounding buildings. During the day it serves as central market hall, after hours the hall becomes an enormous, covered, well lit public space”.
Markthal Rotterdam is part of the new inner city heart of the Laurens Quarter, the pre-war center of Rotterdam. A combined market hall and housing unit, the project accommodates 228 apartment units and 100 market stalls. Color and personality is added through a vast mural along the market’s ceiling (by Dutch artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam). If you’re ever in the area, drop by and enjoy the culinary diversity, “from fresh fish to specialized poultry, from cappuccino to cheese, from Surinam to Zaandam, from ice cream to biological vegetables”. The establishment also hosts restaurants and cafes on the ground floor and the first floor, plus a supermarket and a large car park in the basement. Check out the video below for the tour: