First Look: MVRDV Completes Largest Covered Market in the Netherlands

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Rotterdam’s very own, MVRDV has completed the Netherlands’ first covered market: the Markthal Rotterdam. Unlike any other market in the world, the Markthal presents a new urban hybrid that unites a market hall with housing. 

Within the hollow core of the 228-unit, “horseshoe-shaped” residential building is an expansive, 40-meter-tall public market, offering 96 fresh food stalls, 8 restaurants and supermarket. Colorful murals cover the arch’s vaulted interior, peering through the largest single glazed cable net facades in Europe, which enclose the market. 

This sense of transparency and openness was key, as the Markthal is the driving force to the rejuvenation of the Laurenskwartier area and hopes to attract thousands of visitors each year.

A look inside, after the break.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "First Look: MVRDV Completes Largest Covered Market in the Netherlands" 01 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/552727/first-look-mvrdv-completes-largest-covered-market-in-the-netherlands/>