MVRDV-designed markthal housing + market hall opens in rotterdam
 
MVRDV-designed markthal housing + market hall opens in rotterdam
oct 01, 2014

MVRDV-designed markthal housing + market hall opens in rotterdam

MVRDV-designed markthal housing + market hall opens in rotterdam
photo by ossip van duivenbode
all images ®provast, MVRDV

 

 

 

to conclude a five year construction process, the markthal in rotterdam is holding its opening ceremony today, featuring an inauguration by queen máxima of the netherlands. led by developer provast and designed by architecture office MVRDV, the structure combines two dissimilar program types, composed as a housing building which arches over an indoor market hall. the facility offers public access for eating, drinking, and shopping, while also accommodating 228 apartments featuring externally facing balconies.

mvrdv markthal rotterdam complete designboom

apartment balconies and windows articulate the horse shoe-shaped exterior façades
photo by ossip van duivenbode

 

 

 

as the first covered market hall in the netherlands, the facility is expected to attract 4.5 to 7 million visitors per year. to promote this, the project’s main intention is to remain very open and accessible to the public. although the truncated elevations are physically enclosed for functional purposes, the use of glass curtain walls maintains a character of transparency. an underground parking garage contains 1,200 spaces, to accommodate the projected heavy usage.

mvrdv markthal rotterdam complete designboom

the hall’s steel cable net façade is the largest of its kind in europe and capable of withstanding heavy storms
photo by ossip van duivenbode

 

 

 

the building’s surface treatment unites two contrasting elements: a gray natural stone cladding on the exterior façades and a vibrant and colorful mural arching above the market. the latter, by artists arno coenen and iris roskam, is titled ‘cornucopia‘ and features images of produce which are printed on perforated aluminum panels.

mvrdv markthal rotterdam complete designboom

a colorful mural depicts a composition of produce on the hall’s barrel-shaped ceiling
photo by daria scagliola+stijn brakkee

 

 

 

the market hall contains 96 fresh food stalls and shop units, representing both local and internationally based vendors and producers. the diverse cuisine spread ranges from, ‘fresh fish to game, from cappuccino to cheese, from chinese to dutch, from ice cream to local produce, from bargains to exclusive slow food.’

mvrdv markthal rotterdam complete designboom

subterranean floor levels contain a supermarket and a 1,200 space parking garage
photo by daria scagliola+stijn brakkee

mvrdv markthal rotterdam complete designboom

photos by daria scagliola+stijn brakkee

mvrdv markthal rotterdam complete designboom

markthall contains a diverse range of local and internationally based vendors
photo by daria scagliola+stijn brakkee

mvrdv markthal rotterdam complete designboom

the arching mural is broken up by windows, which provide views of the hall from each of apartment
photo by ossip van duivenbode

 

 

 

the arching housing building contains 102 rental apartments and 126 freehold units, among which 24 are penthouses. each varies in size, from 80 – 300 sqm, while always featuring an external view to the city context and window to the market hall. the partitions are made of sound and smell proof triple glazing to experientially separate the living units from the food functions.

mvrdv markthal rotterdam complete designboom

photo by daria scagliola+stijn brakkee

mvrdv markthal rotterdam complete designboom

an apartment’s exterior balcony faces toward the urban context and the city’s laurens church
photo by daria scagliola+stijn brakkee

mvrdv markthal rotterdam complete designboom

markthal is located in rotterdam’s city center
photo by ossip van duivenbode

mvrdv markthal rotterdam complete designboom

the facility is easily accessible via public transit
photo by ossip van duivenbode

 

  • does anybody know what the function was before war in this site?

    sara
  • SUPERB!!! Not as always, but as most of the time. 🙂

    Jay
  • brilliant. this is what architecture is. doesn’t matter if you like what it looks like, the idea, concept, form, and decisions from everything down to materials and color make sense to the idea of striving for something more.

    boomer
  • MVRDV one of the best architect in my opinion, creates this great building were commercial and housing merge in a wonderful experience. Congrat to MVRDV and the City.

    Guillermo García N.

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