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  • The future of the city market is buzzing
  • The future of the city market is buzzing
    Paul van de Velde, Creative Commons (2014) ©

Markthal Rotterdam: more than just a marketplace

It may be known as ‘the Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam’, but Markthal Rotterdam is not a religious monument – it’s a market. Part market hall, part housing development, part cultural hub, it boasts food stores and restaurants alongside over 200 apartments. Is this what markets will look like in the future?

Location Netherlands

They call it ‘the Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam’ – except it’s not a religious monument, but rather a particularly flamboyant indoor market hall. The Markthal Rotterdam takes the form of a 40 metre high landmark shaped like an elongated horseshoe, designed by architects MVRDV. [1]

It sprawls the size of two football pitches, and is adorned with a mural inspired by 17th century Dutch artwork. Painted by artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam, it’s a technicolour kaleidoscope of butterflies, flowers and food produce. Peeking out from between flying berries and loaves of bread are some ...



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