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