Market Hall Rotterdam

Thursday, 1 December 2016 - 12:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: Architecture, General, House of the Month

© Steven Lek/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Steven Lek/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Market Hall (Dutch: Markthal or Koopboog) is a residential and office building with a market hall underneath, located in Rotterdam. The building was opened on October 1, 2014, by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Besides the large market hall, the complex houses 228 apartments, 4600 m2 retail space, 1600 m2 horeca and an underground 4-storey parking garage with a capacity of 1200+ cars. The Market Hall was designed by architectural firm MVRDV. The grey nature stone building has an archwise structure like a horseshoe. The building has a glass facade on both sides, these are made up of smaller glass windows. The smaller windows are mostly squared and around 1485 millimeters wide. All of these are hung around a structure of steel cables, 34 metres high and 42 metres wide, which makes it the largest glass-window cable structure in Europe. Each facade has 26 vertical and 22 horizontal cables.

The inside of the building is adorned with an 11.000 m2 artwork by Arno Coenen, named Hoorn des Overvloeds (Horn of Plenty). The artwork shows strongly enlarged fruits, vegetables, seeds, fish, flowers and insects. The artwork of Coenen was selected out of 9 international candidates. The work was made using digital 3D-techniques. This enormous file of 1,47 terabytes needed special servers, these are also used by Pixar Studios for making animated movies. The digital 3D-animation was separated in 4000 pieces and then printed on perforated aluminum panels. The 4000 aluminum panels are now on the inside of the hall. Right after the opening in 2014, the artwork got a lot of attention from around the world. Some called it The largest artwork in the world or The Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam.

© Exmpletree/cc-by-sa-3.0 © G.Lanting/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Steven Lek/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Ttzavaras/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Wouter Hagens/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Alf van Beem © Alf van Beem © Alf van Beem © Zanderxo/cc-by-sa-4.0
<
>
© Wouter Hagens/cc-by-sa-4.0
The Market Hall is built on top of a fourteenth-century buried village in the Polder of Westnieuwland. This polder was surrounded by water and dykes to protect the polder during high-tide. There were a few houses and farms in this polder, also at the site of The Market Hall. During the building of the Market Hall, a tenth-century farm was found 7 metres under the ground. Within the house were two stoves and a few fireplaces. The farm was part of a village before Rotterdam, named Rotta, after the river Rotte. The inhabitants of Rotta were farmers, craftsmen and traders. Earlier, a small settlement from the fourteenth-century was found on the site. Several foundations on the site are now exhibited next to the central staircases underneath the Market Hall.

A very similar concept to the Market Hall is the Pike Place Market, operated as a public market, overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle. The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. It is a place of business for many small farmers, craftspeople and merchants. Named after the central street, Pike Place runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street. With more than 10 million visitors annually, Pike Place Market is Seattle’s most popular tourist destination.

Read more on Market Hall and Wikipedia Market Hall. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




Recommended posts:

Share this post: (Please note data protection regulations before using buttons)

Chinatown in New York

Chinatown in New York

[caption id="attachment_171407" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © chensiyuan/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Manhattan's Chinatown is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City, bordering the Lower East Side to its east, Little Italy to its north, Civic Center to its south, and Tribeca to its west. Chinatown is home to the highest concentration of Chinese people in the West. With an estimated population of 90,000 to 100,000 people, Manhattan's Chinatown is also one of the oldest Chinese ethnic enclaves. The Manhat...

[ read more ]

Port Everglades on the Atlantic

Port Everglades on the Atlantic

[caption id="attachment_151444" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Port Everglades entrance channel © Jpkolo/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Port Everglades is a seaport in Broward County, Florida. As one of South Florida's leading economic powerhouses, Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Currently the third busiest cruise port worldwide, Port Everglades is also the busiest container port in Florida and 10th busiest in the United States, moving more than 1 million TEUs in 2013. Port...

[ read more ]

Hudson Heights in Upper Manhattan

Hudson Heights in Upper Manhattan

[caption id="attachment_201384" align="aligncenter" width="590"] George Washington Bridge, Hudson River and Hudson Palisades as seen from West 187th Street and Chittenden Avenue © Beyond My Ken/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hudson Heights is a residential neighborhood of the Washington Heights area of Upper Manhattan, New York City. Most of the residences are in apartment buildings, many of which are cooperatives, and most were constructed in the 1920s through 1940s. The Art Deco style is prominent, along with Tudor Re...

[ read more ]

Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan

Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan

[caption id="attachment_192990" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Dushanbe Presidential Palace © VargaA/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Dushanbe is the capital and largest city of Tajikistan. Dushanbe means Monday in the Tajik language, the local language is Parya language. It was named this way because it grew from a village that originally had a popular market on Mondays. As of 2016, Dushanbe had a population of 803,000. Historically a small village, Dushanbe was made the capital of the Tajik Autonomous Soviet S...

[ read more ]

Galway has everything for a relaxing city break

Galway has everything for a relaxing city break

[caption id="attachment_160545" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Tribes of Galway on Eyre Square © flickr.com - Eoin Gardiner[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Galway (Cathair na Gaillimhe) is a city in County Galway, Republic of Ireland. It is the fifth largest and the fastest-growing city in Ireland. It is also the third largest city within the Republic and the only city in the Province of Connacht. Located on the west coast of Ireland, it sits on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay. The population of Galway's Bo...

[ read more ]

Theme Week United Arab Emirates

Theme Week United Arab Emirates

[caption id="attachment_168438" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ras al-Khaimah - Al Hamra Fort Hotel & Beach Resort © Pedantin9/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates, is a federal absolute monarchy in Western Asia at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Arabian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing maritime borders with Qatar to the west and Iran to the north. In 2013, the UAE's population was 9.2 million, ...

[ read more ]

Stuttgart, city between forests and grapes

Stuttgart, city between forests and grapes

[caption id="attachment_160418" align="aligncenter" width="590"] States Theater © Andreas Praefcke[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Stuttgart is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. The sixth-largest city in Germany, Stuttgart has a population of 600,038 while the metropolitan area has a population of 5.3 million. The city lies at the centre of a densely populated area, circled by a ring of smaller towns. This area called Stuttgart Region has a population of 2.7 million. Stuttgart's urban area ha...

[ read more ]

Svolvær on the Lofoten

Svolvær on the Lofoten

[caption id="attachment_161170" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Svolvær Harbour © Ernmuhl[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Svolvær is the administrative centre of Vågan Municipality (9,200 inhabitants) in the Nordland County in Lofoten. The town itself has a population of 4,000. The first town formation known in North Norway, Vågar, was situated around the narrow, natural harbor near Kabelvåg, just west of Svolvær. Vågar is mentioned in Heimskringla, and might have been established as early as 800. One of the first chu...

[ read more ]

Return to Top ▲Return to Top ▲
Villa Konschewski am Hundekehlesee by Oskar Kaufmann © Lienhard Schulz/cc-by-sa-3.0
Grunewald in Berlin

Grunewald is a locality within the Berliner borough of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. Famous for the homonymous forest, until 2001 administrative reform it...

Rotunda © Andrea Serio/cc-by-sa-3.0
Stockholm Public Library

Stockholm Public Library (Swedish: Stockholms stadsbibliotek or Stadsbiblioteket) is a library building in Stockholm, designed by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund,...

National Museum of Fine Arts © Carlos yo/cc-by-sa-4.0
Theme Week Chile – Santiago de Chile

Santiago, also known as Santiago de Chile, is the capital and largest city of Chile. It is also the center...

Schließen