MVRDV - Markthal

Markthal

The Markthal is a sustainable combination of food, leisure, living, and parking, a building in which all functions are fully integrated to celebrate and enhance their synergetic possibilities. A secure, covered square is nestled beneath a large arch, conceived as an entirely new take on a typical market square and its surrounding buildings.

  • Country
    Netherlands
  • City
    Rotterdam
  • Year
    2014
  • Budget
    € 175,000,000
  • Client
    Provast Nederland bv, The Hague, Netherlands
  • Status
    Realized

In order to attract visitors, the building is designed with an open character. While the ends of the arch had to be physically closed to provide protection from the weather, they are kept as transparent as possible by a single-glazed cable net façade. With a construction system similar to a tennis-racket, pre-stressed steel cables create a suspended net onto which the glass panes are hung. Markthal’s cable net façade is the largest of its kind in Europe, and has enough flexibility to withstand heavy storms. The Markthal is also an energy efficient building, awarded a Very Good BREEAM rating.


Video made by Dutch design studio Moooi about the Markthal. (in Dutch): click here.

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