MARKTHAL ROTTERDAM

The Market Hall is part of the new inner city heart of the Laurens Quarter, the original pre-war centre of Rotterdam. The building is a sustainable combination of food, leisure, living and parking, all fully integrated to enhance and make the most of the synergetic possibilities of the different functions.
Cities: ROTTERDAM
Countries: NETHERLANDS
Categories: MIXED USE
Designer: MVRDV
Inaugurazione: 2014
The hall is formed from an arch of privately developed apartments, strategically allowing private investment and iniative to provide a public space. 
The result is a covered square which acts as a central market hall during the day and, after closing hours remains lively due to restaurants on its first floor. 
The apartments follow strict Dutch laws regarding natural day-light: all rooms that require natural light are situated on the outside. Kitchens, dining rooms and storage are positioned at the market side, establishing a connection to the market. 
The front and backside are covered with a flexible suspended glass façade, allowing for maximum transparency and a minimum of structure, which is the largest of its kind in Europe. 

Photo credits: Daria Scagliola+Stijn Brakkee, Ossip van Duivenbode, Nico Saieh
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