Now that the Markthal- a new marketplace and residential building has opened, we thought it might be interesting to go back and take a look at the preliminary design through a video created by the firm.Just 2 ½ minutes long, it captures the energy of the place in a way that conventional plans, models and renderings could never do.
Rotterdam has a new icon: Markthal Rotterdam. At a historical location at the Binnenrotte, next to the train station and the largest open air market in Rotterdam, the first covered market of the Netherlands was recently opened to much fanfare.
Markthal includes a huge market floor on the ground floor under an arch of apartments. Its shape, its colorful interior and the height turns Markthal into an unique spectacle. Unique is not only its shape and size, but especially the way the different functions are combined. The combination of an apartment building covering a fresh food market with food shops, restaurants, a supermarket and an underground parking is found nowhere else in the world.