First Look: MVRDV Completes Largest Covered Market in the Netherlands


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.

White O / Toyo Ito

White O_Toyo Ito (75)

Architect: Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects
Location: Marbella,
Local Architect: Christian de Groote
Project Area: 370 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Nicolas Saieh

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Refugia Hotel / Mobil Arquitectos


Architects: Mobil Arquitectos
Location: Dalcahue, Los Lagos Region, Chile
Architects In Charge: Sebastian Morandé, Patricio Browne, Antonio Lipthay
Collaborator Architect: Cristian Palma
Area: 1,250 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs & Video: Nico Saieh

Casa Maitencillo / Mas y Fernández Arquitectos Asociados

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Architects: Mas y Fernández Arquitectos Asociados
Location: Loteo Alta Vista, Maitencillo,
Architects In Charge: Cristóbal Fernández CH, Andrés Mas E
Calculista: Enrique Riobo
Landscape: María Trinidad Escudero
Constructor: Alejandro Molina
Principal: Alejandro Molina
Area: 177.24 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Nico Saieh

Los Españoles Hotel / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani


Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: Av. Santa María 2828, Providencia, de Chile
Project Area: 2516,44 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Nico Saieh

Ferreteria O´Higgins / GH+A | Guillermo Hevia


Architects: GH+A | Guillermo Hevia
Location: Pudahuel, , Chile
Project Team: Tomás Villalón A., Francisco Carrión G, Robin Renner
Client: Villar Hermanos S.A.
Contractor: Pitágora S.A.
Climate Consultant: BIOTECH Chile Consultores Ltda.
Exterior Skin: Hunter Douglas
Lighting: Opendark
Project Area: 7,170 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nico Saieh, Guillermo Hevia H., Javier González

Ignacia Apartments / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani


Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: Santiago,
Constructor: Salvador Errázuriz
Engineer: Alfonso Larraín
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nico Saieh

Office Building in Los Militares Street / Mobil Arquitectos + ​Cruz & Browne Arquitectos

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Architects: Mobil Arquitectos + Cruz & Browne Arquitectos
Location: Las Condes, Santiago,
Client: Inmobiliaria Brotec
Constructor: Brotec Icafal
Area: 12,100 sqm
Year: 2010 – 2011
Photographs: Nicolás Saieh

AD Classics: Muuratsalo Experimental House / Alvar Aalto


Soon after the passing of his wife in 1949, Alto began the design for a summer getaway for himself on the western shore of island Muuratsalo, . Through the process of designing the house, it became an experimental study of materiality, architecture construction and philosophies.

More on Alvar Aalto‘s Experimental House after the break.


AD Classics: Jyvaskyla University / Alvar Aalto

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After entering a general planning competition at the end of May 1951 for the Institute of Pedagogics, was immediately commissioned to begin working on the plans of each of the individual buildings that were to be added amidst existing complex. He was awarded first prize with his entry ‘Urbs’, which is reminiscent of some of his previous projects. The U pattern formed by the buildings frames the open center space, where a sports field is accessible by foot.

More on Jyvaskyla University by Alvar Aalto after the break.

Costanera Lyon / Eugenio Simonetti + Renato Stewart

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Architects: Eugenio Simonetti +
Location: Santiago,
Design Team: Juan Santa Maria, Danilo Magni, Alvaro Romero
LEED certification (Silver): Energy ARQ
Lightning: Oriana Ponzini
Structure: Eduardo Spoerer
Client: Inmobiliaria Almahue S.A.
Year: Costanera Lyon 1, 2009-2011 (Completed), Costanera Lyon 2, 2011-2013 (Under construction)
Area: 42,000 sqm
Photographs: Nico Saieh, Guy Wenborne, Ana Maria Pincheira

Miele Light Box / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani

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Architect: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: Huechuraba, ,
Client: MIELE
Furnishings: Orlando Gatica
Lightning: Douglas Leonard
Construction: Pablo Qualitz
Structural engineer: Sebastián Marshall
Audio: Bang & Olufsen
Date: October – November 2011
Surface: 120 sqm
Photographs: Nico Saieh

7 billion and counting: Homo sensus in an Urban World

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The rise in human population continues to exert enormous strain on earth’s ecosystems and finite resources. Scientific American recently devoted an issue to one solution among many needed to solve this worrisome situation. The cover reads, “We have seen a brighter future, and it is urban.” People living in dense urban environments “typically have smaller energy footprints, require less infrastructure and consume less of the world’s resources per capita.”[1] But, what is the cost? There are always tradeoffs. Alla Katsnelson, from Scientific American, notes that city dwellers suffer “higher rates of mental illnesses, including anxiety disorders and schizophrenia” than their rural counterparts.[2] All the factors underlying this difference are not known or well understood, but some of the possible causes appear to stem from the fact that urban environments are nothing like the ancestral environments from which our sensory systems evolved. As our hunter-gather ancestors learned during the Agriculture Revolution, our biology does not take kindly to rapid upheavals in cultural evolution. In a way, their experience somewhat parallels the one we face today. Put simply, the Industrial Revolution and the subsequent urbanization has been to our sensory systems what the agriculture revolution was to our digestive system.

AL’s House / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani

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Architect: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: Comuna de Lo Barnechea, ,
Constructor: Yon Gallastegui
Engineer: Cristián Delporte
Lighting: Mónica Pérez
Landscape: Karen Oetjen
Site Area 2842 sqm
Project Area: 841 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nicolás Saieh

TVN Regional Office / Nicolás Lipthay | L2C

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Architects: Nicolás Lipthay | L2C
Location: Talcahuano,
Associate Architects: Leonardo Tiso
Collaborators: Daniel Barceló, Daniela Torm, Jaime Bravo
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 420 sqm
Photographs: Nicolás Saieh

M9 Memorial / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani


Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: Santiago, Chile
Contractor: COVALCO
Lightning: Paulina Sir
Project area: 160 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Nicolás Saieh

Miele Gallery / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani

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Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: Santiago,
Contractor: Carlos Marchetti
Engineering: Ruiz y Saavedra
Client: Miele
Lighting and Domotic system: Ikatu and Bang&Olufsen
Project Area: 1,091.10 sqm
Project Year: 2010-2011
Photographs: Nicolás Saieh

Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center / Cristian Fernandez Arquitectos, Lateral Arquitectura & Diseño

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Architects: Cristian Fernandez Arquitectos, Lateral Arquitectura & Diseno
Location: ,
Project Architects: Cristián Fernández Eyzaguirre, Christian Yutronic V., Sebastián Baraona R.
Collaborators: Marcelo Fernández, Carlos Ulloa, Hernán Vergara H., Loreto Figueroa A., Nicolás Olate Vásquez. Natalia Le-Bert, Nicolás Carbone, Juan Pablo Aguilera, Rodrigo Herrera, Eduardo Cid, Sebastián Bravo, Sebastián Medina, Ximena Conejeros, Irene Escobar, Ricardo Álvarez, Sebastián Bórquez, Rodrigo Carrión
Structural engineering: Luis Soler P & Asociados
Project Area: 44,000 sqm
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Nicolás Saieh