The Market Hall with its large arch
A sustainable Market Hall in Rotterdam. Architecture combining food, leisure and life

The Market Hall, designed by Studio MVRDV is located in the centre of Rotterdam, a space that has become a synergistic centre for the city. During the day it is a market hall and in the evening an indoor public meeting place, all encircled by an "arch"

The Market Hall, designed by Studio MVRDV is located in the centre of Rotterdam, a space that has become a synergistic centre for the city. During the day it is a market hall and in the evening an indoor public meeting place, all encircled by an "arch"

The interior of the Market Hall and its decoration on the arch

The new laws in the Netherlands demanded that the areas for the traditional open-air meat and fish markets should be covered because of new hygiene constraints. MVRDV addressed two issues in response to these demands: "Can we use this operation to create a new type of market and to densify the city centre?" " Is there any possibility of improving the quality of these places?"

The interior of the Market Hall and its decoration on the arch

The Market Hall is part of the new inner core of the Laurens Quarter, Rotterdam's original pre-war centre. In addition to the market, which is located in the square area below the park, the building consists of an "arch" of apartments, strategically enabling private investment and initiatives to provide public space

The interior of the Market Hall and its decoration on the arch

The apartments comply with the Dutch laws on natural daylight: all the rooms that require natural light are located outside. Kitchens, dining rooms and warehouses are located on the side of the market, establishing a visual link with its core. The front and back are covered by a flexible suspended glass facade, which enables maximum transparency and a minimal amount of structural work, which is the largest of its kind in Europe

The interior of the Market Hall and its decoration on the arch

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