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.


Year: 2004-2014

Location : Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Client : Provast Nederland bv, The Hague, Netherlands

Program : 100.000m2, 228 Apartments, 100 fresh market produce stalls, food related retail units, preparation and cooling space, supermarket, 1.200 parking spaces.

Budget : EUR 175 Million



MIPIM Award for Best Shopping Centre, FR

NEPROM Prize for Best Urban Development, NL

NRW Jaarprijs for Best Retail Building in the Netherlands, NL

WAN Mixed Use Award, UK

Dutch Public Archaeology Award 2015, NL - for Time Stair

Dutch National Building Award 2015, NL - for Cablenet Facade

Rotterdam Marketing Award, NL - Winy Maas and Hans Schröder

ESPA Standard Award, 2014, NL - for underground car park

ESPA Gold Award, 2015, NL - for underground car park

European Parking Award, Best New Parking Structure, 2015, NL - for underground car park

Finalist ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards

Benelux Trophy for Thermal Galvanization, Characteristic Steel Elements, NL - for Cablenet Facade

MAPIC Best Retail Urban Project Award 2015, FR



The Market Hall is open 10:00-20:00 on all days except Sunday and Public Holidays, when it is open from 12:00-18:00. More information is available from You can find the Market Hall at Blaak Station on the Rotterdam Metro (take any exit), or from tram lines 21 or 24, both of which depart from the Central Station and go to Blaak. The parking garage beneath the Markthal can be accessed from Blaak, with the street address: Dominee Jan Scharpstraat 306, 3011 Rotterdam. Tours of the Market Hall can be booked from Markthal Tours. Short stay apartment rentals are also available from Riva Rentals, and an apartment in the Markthal is also featured on the website Couchsurfing.



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 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.


To see a video made by Dutch design studio Moooi about the Markthal 

(in Dutch): click here.




Design Team : Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries with Renske van der Stoep, Anton Wubben, Marc Joubert, Sven Thorissen, Monica Freundt, Laura Grillo, Joeri Horstink, Tadas Jonauskis, Diana Lopez, Gijs Rikken, Elsbeth Ronner, Yvo Thijssen, Johnny Tsang, Anet Schurink, Jeroen Zuidgeest, Michele Olcese, Laura Grillo, Ivo van Capelleveen



Co-architect: INBO, Woudenberg, Netherlands

Structure: Royal Haskoning DHV, The Hague, Netherlands

Services / Acoustics : Peutz & Associes, Zoetermeer, Netherlands

Installations : Techniplan, Netherlands

Glass Façade : Octatube, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Above Ground Contractor : J. P. van Eesteren

Below Ground Contractor :  Mobilis and Martens en Van Oord, Netherlands


Artwork : Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam

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