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 Rotterdam.

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 25 May 2015. <>
  • Ceno

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

  • francis

    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.

  • kingmu

    I continue to appreciate the creative Dutch mind.

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  • Keith

    The same folks who published designs for Pig City!

    Very cool, but I have to agree with Francis. A bit too syntheTECH for comfortable living and working. I prefer more designs more tightly integrated with Nature.

    • james webb

      its in the middle of r’dam!! – the ain’t no nature, actually you’re had pushed to find any nature anywhere in NL

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  • Samuel Ludwig

    Can someone please describe the nature of these drawings? They seem to really blur the line between what’s diagrammatic and what’s to be built.

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  • ghaia

    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

  • ghaia

    ‘friendly look’

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  • theChavacano

    Where in Disney World is this hotel, again?

  • Tsukiyo

    Whether its ugly looking or not, the space underneath the arc is great

  • soheil

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