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Netherlands’s First Indoor Marketplace, Markthal Rotterdam

Located in the center of the city, the structure parallels Rotterdam’s only medieval structure, the Laurenskerk (Church of Laurens) and the 19th century of the Rotte River. it is located in the area where it passed before being disbanded for the railway at the end of the century. Binnenrotte Square, which was visited only on Sunday days before its construction, was renovated after the construction of the Markthal. With the arrangements made, the stalls were aligned according to the entrance of the building so that the user could easily switch between open and closed spaces.

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In October Sunday 2004, the aim of the competition was to create an indoor marketplace for food products that are prohibited from being sold outdoors under changing EU rules, and to create more accommodation in the city centre. The biggest factor in the formation of the mass was the idea of designing a bright building with all sides open to contribute to the formation of public space, unlike other structures with similar programs. For this purpose, a Sunday area was created under a huge arch structure with transparent surfaces, both sides of which open to the city.

Image Credit: MVRDV

The glass panel facade, which is placed inside steel ropes to protect against weather conditions without closing the viewing angle, is the largest cable network facade system in Europe. This system is designed to work like a tennis racket to withstand high wind loads; it has the flexibility to move 70 cm from the center.

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The arc of the 120 m long, 70 m wide and 40 m high arch was calculated based on the classical elevator core in order to reduce construction costs. The elevator, located on the inside side of the ground floor, approaches the exterior as it rises to the upper floors due to this slope. Residents of the Markthal building can access elevators and stairs from six separate entrances on the side facades.

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The entire product supply system of the grocery stores and restaurants in the building has been taken underground to strengthen the idea that all facades are part of urban life and that residents are not bothered by these operations. On the basement 1 floor, where freight vehicles come and deliver, there are also two supermarkets and homeowners ‘ bicycle parks and warehouses.

Image Credit: Ossip van Duivenbode

The exterior and sidewalks of the building are covered with natural stone in order to draw attention to the inner surface. The interior features a Cornucopia signed by Rotterdam artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam. Cornucopia stands for fertility, and the work includes three-dimensional images of products and animals floating in the air, while 17. the century makes reference to Dutch still lifes. The image is printed on corrugated aluminum panels mounted on acoustic panels by Pixar Animation Studios ‘ five-layer digital printing method.

Architect: MVRDV
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Year of construction: 2014

Image Credit: Nico Saieh

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