Markhal Rotterdam | MVRDV | Via & Via
Rotterdam’s very own, MVRDV has completed the Netherlands’ first covered market: the Markhal Rotterdam. Unlike any other market in the world, the Markhal 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 Markhal is the driving force to the rejuvenation of the Laurenskwartier area and hopes to attract thousands of visitors each year.