Following our post on Foodhallen, an indoor food market in Amsterdam we should also take a look at another new major food market in the Netherlands – the stunning Markthal in Rotterdam which was opened on 1st October 2014 by Queen Maxima.
This unique €175m building was designed by Dutch architectural firm MVRDV and is helping to put Rotterdam firmly on the world map. Comprising of a large 40m high archway, it offers a covered market area the size of a large football pitch with around 100 food stalls. Each end is sealed by a glass façade to keep out the weather.
The building is 70m wide and 120m long and contains no less than 228 appartments (102 rentals and 126 for sale). Each has an outside terrace whilst half of the appartments also have triple-glazed windows overlooking the market. For those interested, appartments start at €240,000 going all the way up to €1.2million for the top-floor penthouses!
Perhaps the most striking aspect of the Markthal is the huge psychedelic artwork on the inner wall featuring colourful fruits, grains and vegetables. Called the Horn of Plenty, it was conceived by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam and is made up of 4,000 separate tiles covering 11,000 m2.
The stallholders are a mix of local and national businesses with a focus on high-end food produce. The complex also contains a number of restaurants some with elevated seating; the level below has an Albert Heijn supermarket and Etos chemist; there is a large 4 storey underground car park with 1,200 spaces. Deliveries to the stalls and shops are also handled from underground.
The Markthal is located in the east of the city centre in the Laurens district – being marketed as the ‘SoHO of Rotterdam’. It is just opposite Rotterdam Blaak station or a 15 minute walk from Rotterdam Central station. There is an outdoor market in the square outside and you will also find Rotterdam’s library and the Kubuswoningen (Cube houses) nearby.
The Markthal is open daily between 1000 and 2000. We visited on a Saturday morning and the market was very busy attracting a lot of curious Dutch and international visitors. Rotterdam certainly has a different atmosphere to the other historic Randstad cities – its centre was destroyed in World War 2 so it has a more modern metropolis feel. Markthal is a good reason to give the city a visit.