Market Hall in Rotterdam / MVRDV

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Dutch architects MVRDV strike another one with a new project in the new inner city heart for the Laurens Quarter, the pre-war centre of .

The project, comissioned by Provast, includes an open air market, that due to new hygienic constraints of dutch laws has to be covered. It also includes 246 residences, that form an arc that covers the open market area.

This results on a 3,000sqm retail area, with a 1,600sqm catering area on the ground level and first floor, a 1,800sqm supermarket and an underground car park for 1,100 cars.

The interior face of the arc will be covered with LEDs for an ever changing interior. The front and backside are covered with a flexible suspended glass facade, allowing for maximum transparency and a minimum of structure.

This new icon for Rotterdam is expected to be completed in 2014. More images after the break.

Cite: Basulto, David. "Market Hall in Rotterdam / MVRDV" 15 May 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Sep 2014. <>


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    It has a great presentation, but not the building, they could do much better than this

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    Though I find the massive matrix interior delicious, I can’t help feeling repulsed by having to work or live within it. Sorry it is too Vegas, and, likely to feel not being able to leave a You-2 concert. Programmatically it is impressive in scale, scope and ambition. It’s a little (erm, large) “brave new world” for me. Perhaps it’s my phobia of a Mall-culture.

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    wonderful colors in the drawings, giving it a more “friendly” than those awful colors (too vivid)in the renders.
    Build the drawings, not the renders! lol

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