Yesterday I was really excited, when I visited Markthal for a sneak preview. Today Queen Máxima will officially open Markthal Rotterdam. After years of development and construction, the unique covered market will finally open his doors to the public. A great new piece of architecture in downtown Rotterdam.
The roof of Markthal is shaped by an arch of 228 beautiful apartments. I visited some of these apartments and I have to admit that, although I was sceptic before, I really liked them. The apartments are very special with their windows overlooking the inside of the market hall.
The archway is covering a 4.000 m² market area filled with a variety of food stalls and restaurants. Markthal is inspired by covered markets such as the ones in Barcelona, Copenhagen and Stockholm. For me personally it felt more like the modern food courts, I have seen at malls in Asia and Sydney. A good place for shopping in the weekends, taking time to gather lovely ingredients for a night with friends.
Hoorn des Overvloeds (Horn of plenty)
A real eye catcher is the gigantic piece of art covering the interior of the arch. The biggest artwork in the Netherlands, ‘Hoorn des Overvloeds’, designed by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam. A modern take on artistic arch decoration, such as the one in the Sistine Chapel.
De Tijdtrap (The Time Stairs)
During the construction of Markthal, archaeologists carried out excavations. They discovered hundreds of artefacts, which are now on display at a free of charge exhibition, called ‘De Tijdtrap’. You can find the exhibition at the escalator section of the car park, in the centre of Markthal, every floor represents a historical era of Rotterdam.
I am very curious how this place is going to turn out. The building is very impressive, in- and outside and really worth visiting.
What do you think?
Markthal is designed by MVRDV and is realized by developer Provast. The market is located in the city center of Rotterdam next to metro and train station Blaak and will be open seven days a week.