You Will Think It’s An Ordinary Market, But When You Look Up, WHOA!

We seldom see markets that are well designed. For some places, it would just be damp and you would just see all the goods in stalls. Nothing fancy. Nothing worth for a selfie. You just go there to buy goods and that’s all. But not all markets are like this. As a matter of fact, there is one market in Netherlands that will make us want to visit the place over and over again because it is just beautiful. Wait, I hope you got it. I am really talking about a beautiful market.

I know you are a bit confused but this market I’m talking about. It is a market hall in Rotterdam in the Netherlands which is something that will make you stop and take a second look or you might even get more excited and visit the place. The Markthal Rotterdam is an elongated horseshoe shaped building with a 36,000 square foot mural that covers its rounded ceiling. Yup. A mural everyone. A mural. When you look up, all you will see is stunning giant piece of art called “Cornucopia” that features bright colored fruits, vegetables and other market goods. Now, prepare to get stunned.

Rotterdam,Netherlands

When you get inside the market, you will be surprised to see this huge ceiling mural.

Rotterdam market hall

The 312,000 square foot space was built for five years and it is worth the wait.

market hall mural

This open food market has 100 fresh produce units, 15 food shops and 8 restaurants. Aside from that, there are also 228 apartments with 1,200 parking spaces.

mural

Look at this place. If I were just near here, this would be where you will find me most of the time!

Markthal Rotterdam

Who wouldn’t love to be under this beautifully done ceiling mural? I feel like I’m in a Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie where it rained food.

Markthal Rotterdam

But of course it isn’t actually raining food. It’s just that enormous mural done by artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam

Markthal Rotterdam

Each part of the image was broken up into squares and were printed on perforated aluminum panels.

Markthal Rotterdam

And they aren’t just here for design but the panels are also attached to acoustic panels for noise control. Cool, right?

Markthal Rotterdam

You can find many different stores and stalls in the market which means you can get just whatever you want.

Markthal Rotterdam

A restaurant in the market hall which seems to be surrounded with greens that are part of the mural.

Markthal Rotterdam

Huge. This is indeed a very large structure. I can’t imagine how they worked on the structural analysis of this one. No doubt, it is a wonder of engineering.

Markthal Rotterdam

Dutch architects MVRDV designed the structure. Seen here is the miniature of the market hall. Definitely, well planned!

Markthal Rotterdam

To allow the residents to look at the market, there are square windows or a glass floor built in.

The huge mural depicts fresh market produce, as well as flowers and insects that has reference to the work of Dutch still life masters from the 17th century. There are giant glazed walls at the ends of the Markthal Rotterdam that will protect it from cold and wet weather while allowing light to get in. Dutch architects MVRDV designed this using pre-stressed steel cables where there are suspended net in-between used to hung the glass panels. This is indeed an amazing engineering! I’m sure you would want to get in here even just to take a selfie!