Rotterdam Markthal

Rotterdam Markthal, Rotterdam-Netherlands, MVRDV
Construction year: 2014
Address: Verlengde Nieuwstraat | ROTTERDAM | Netherlands | Visit Website
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9200951, 4.486879

The Market Hall is a sustainable combination of food, leisure, living and parking, fully integrated to celebrate and enhance the synergetic possibilities of the different functions. A secure, covered square emerges beneath an arc, conceived as an inversion of a typical market square and its surrounding buildings. During the day it serves as central market hall, after hours the hall becomes an enormous, covered, well lit public space.

New laws in the Netherlands require covered areas for traditional open-air meat and fish markets due to new hygien constraints. MVRDV posed two questions in response to these challenges: ‘Can we use this operation to evolve the market typology as well as densify the city centre?’ and ‘Can we increase quality as well as density of programming at Blaak?’

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. 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 will be the largest of its kind in Europe.

Client: Provast Nederland bv, The Hague, Netherlands

Program and size: Fresh food market stalls (96 x 20 m2 each)
20 Food-related retails units: total 4.600 m2
8 units horeca total 1.600 m2
Retail total 1.800 m2
Cooling and preparation space 1.200 m2
Apartments: 126 apartments for sale / 80-300 m2, 102 apartments for rent / 80-140 m2; 1.200 parking spaces

Design team information:
Design team: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries with Marc
(competition phase) Joubert, Anet Schurink, Jeroen Zuidgeest, Michele Olcese, Laura Grillo, Ivo van Capelleveen
Design team: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries with
(design and construction phase) Renske van der Stoep, Anton Wubben, Marc Joubert, Sven Thorissen, Gijs Rikken, Joeri Horstink, Elsbeth Ronner
Co-architect: INBO, Woudenberg, the Netherlands
Advisors / consultants
Structure: Royal Haskoning DHV, The Hague, the Netherlands
Services/Acoustics: Peutz & Associes Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Installations: Techniplan, the Netherlands
Car park contractor: Mobilis + Martens en Van Oord
Above ground contractor: J.P. van Eesteren
Glass façade engineering: Octatube
Manager market-stall: Corio
Artist: Arno Coenen & and Iris Roskam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Print: TS Visuals, Oudkarspel

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