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October 15th, 2014 at 10:46 am

Markthal Rotterdam – a spectacular 36,000 sq ft architectural masterpiece

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Markthal Rotterdam

The Markthal Rotterdam is an enormous new market hall that has opened its doors in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and it’s turning quite a few heads. The market hall is a curiously elongated horseshoe of a building, has a 36,000 square foot mural covering its rounded ceiling. (Photos)

 

 

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The enormous mural, by artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam, is titled “Cornucopia.” It features brightly colored fruits, vegetables, and other market goods ascending into the sky like the ceiling mural of a cathedral.

markthal-rotterdam 1Image credits: Dijkstra

The building, designed by architecture office MVRDV and developer Provast, features an open food market with 100 fresh produce units, 15 food shops and 8 restaurants. There are also 228 apartments with 1,200 parking spaces, making the entire structure somewhat of a self-contained living space. The Markthal expects between 4.5 and 7 million visitors a year.

markthal-rotterdam 2Image credits: Ossip van Duivenbode

markthal-rotterdam 3Image credits: Daria Scagliola and Stijn Brakkee

markthal-rotterdam 4Image credits: Daria Scagliola and Stijn Brakkee

markthal-rotterdam 5Image credits: Daria Scagliola and Stijn Brakkee

markthal-rotterdam 6Image credits: Daria Scagliola and Stijn Brakkee

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markthal-rotterdam 8Image credits: Daria Scagliola and Stijn Brakkee

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markthal-rotterdam 10Image credits: Ossip van Duivenbode

Via Boredpanda

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