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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Rotterdam Market Hall in The Netherlands by MVRDV

July 5th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: MVRDV

At the place where Rotterdam was founded, near the historic Laurens church, the Market Hall will be realized as a new urban typology. The Market Hall is a sustainable combination of food, leisure, living and parking. Fully integrated to enhance and use the synergetic possibilities of the different functions, a public building emerging from housing.

Bird Eye View (Images Courtesy Provast)

  • Architect: MVRDV
  • Name of Project: Rotterdam Market Hall
  • Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Competition: 1st prize, 2004
  • Start construction: last quarter of 2009
  • Images: © Provast
  • Section: © MVRDV

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Provast)

  • Scheduled delivery: 2014
  • Client: Provast Nederland bv, The Hague, Netherlands
  • Program: 100 fresh food market stalls à 20 m2; food (-related) retails units  total 4.600 m2; 6 units horeca total 1.600 m2; retail total 1.800 m2; cooling and preparation space 1.200 m2; apartments: 126 apartments for sale / 70-250 m2, 102 apartments for rent / 70-150 m2; 1.200 parking spaces


  • Competition phase: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries with Marc Joubert, Anet Schurink, Jeroen Zuidgeest and Michele Olcese, Laura Grillo, Ivo van Capelleveen
  • Design phase: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries with Renske van der Stoep, Anton Wubben, Diana Lopez, Gijs Rikken, Yvo Thijssen and Joeri Horstink, Marc Joubert, Sven Thorissen, Anet Schurink, Frans de Witte, Fokke Moerel, Marin Kulas


  • Co-architect: INBO, Netherlands
  • Structure: D3BN/ DHV, The Hague, Netherlands: Maurice Hermens
  • Services: Peutz & Associes Zoetermeer, Netherlands: Peter Wapenaar
  • Acoustics: Peutz & Associes Zoetermeer, Netherlands: Peter Wapenaar
  • Installations: Techniplan, Netherlands

Interior View (Images Courtesy Provast)

An arch of 228 apartments, of which 102 for rent, will create a large hall which houses 100 market stalls, shops and restaurants, 1200 parking spaces and an underground super market. The apartments will all have a balcony on the outside and a window to the inside of the market. Insulation will prevent any unwanted effects. The 40 meter tall and wide opening of the front and back will be covered with a flexible suspended glass façade, allowing for maximum transparency and a minimum of structure. The interior of the arch will display market produce.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Provast)

The project with a total of 100.000 m2 is set to be completed in 2014 and part of the current regeneration of Rotterdam’s post war centre. Project developer Provast realizes the building, Unibail Rodamco invested in the shops and restaurants whilst Housing Corporation Vesteda will manage the rental apartments, making the building a socially integrated part of the city.

Section (Images Courtesy MVRDV)

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