Architecture by MVRDV seen at Smöoy Rotterdam The Markthal, Rotterdam - The Markthal
Architecture by MVRDV seen at Smöoy Rotterdam The Markthal, Rotterdam - The MarkthalArchitecture by MVRDV seen at Smöoy Rotterdam The Markthal, Rotterdam - The MarkthalArchitecture by MVRDV seen at Smöoy Rotterdam The Markthal, Rotterdam - The 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. 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. apartment balconies and windows articulate the horse shoe-shaped exterior façades . as the first covered market hall in the netherlands, the facility is expected to attract 4.5 to 7 million visitors per year. to promote this, the project’s main intention is to remain very open and accessible to the public. although the truncated elevations are physically enclosed for functional purposes, the use of glass curtain walls maintains a character of transparency. an underground parking garage contains 1,200 spaces, to accommodate the projected heavy usage. the hall’s steel cable net façade is the largest of its kind in europe and capable of withstanding heavy storms . the building’s surface treatment unites two contrasting elements: a gray natural stone cladding on the exterior façades and a vibrant and colorful mural arching above the market. the latter, by artists arno coenen and iris roskam, is titled ‘cornucopia‘ and features images of produce which are printed on perforated aluminum panels. a colorful mural depicts a composition of produce on the hall’s barrel-shaped ceiling. the market hall contains 96 fresh food stalls and shop units, representing both local and internationally based vendors and producers. the diverse cuisine spread ranges from, ‘fresh fish to game, from cappuccino to cheese, from chinese to dutch, from ice cream to local produce, from bargains to exclusive slow food.’ the arching mural is broken up by windows, which provide views of the hall from each of apartment . the arching housing building contains 102 rental apartments and 126 freehold units, among which 24 are penthouses. each varies in size, from 80 – 300 sqm, while always featuring an external view to the city context and window to the market hall. the partitions are made of sound and smell proof triple glazing to experientially separate the living units from the food functions.CREDITS: Architect: MVRDV; Principal in charge: Winy Maas; Partner: Renske van der Stoep; Design team: 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, Ivo van Capelleveen; Strategy & Development: Jan Knikker; Copyright: MVRDV; Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries; Partners: Co-architects: INBO, Woudenberg, NL; Structure: Royal Haskoning DHV, The Hague, NL; Services / Acoustics: Peutz & Associates, Zoetermeer, NL; Installations: Techniplan, NL; Glass Façade: Octatube, Rotterdam, NL; Above Ground Contractor: J. P. van Eesteren; Below Ground Contractor: Mobilis and Martens en Van Oord, NL; Artwork: Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam

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"MVRDV was founded in 1993 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. Based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, we have a global scope, providing solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues in all regions of the world. Our highly collaborative, research-based design method involves clients, stakeholders, and experts from a wide range of fields from early on in the creative process. The results are exemplary, outspoken projects that enable our cities and landscapes to develop towards a better future.

The work of MVRDV is exhibited and published worldwide and has received numerous international awards. Two hundred and fifty architects, designers and urbanists develop projects in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative design process that involves rigorous technical and creative investigation. MVRDV works with BIM and has official in-house BREEAM and LEED assessors.

The products of MVRDV’s unique approach to design vary, ranging from buildings of all types and sizes, to urban plans and visions, numerous publications, installations and exhibitions. Completed projects include the Netherlands Pavilion for the World EXPO 2000 in Hannover; the Market Hall, a combination of housing and retail in Rotterdam; the Pushed Slab, a sustainable office building in Paris’ first eco-district; Flight Forum, an innovative business park in Eindhoven; the Silodam Housing complex in Amsterdam; the Matsudai Cultural Centre in Japan; the Unterföhring office campus near Munich; the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam; the Ypenburg housing and urban plan in The Hague; the Didden Village rooftop housing extension in Rotterdam; the music centre De Effenaar in Eindhoven; the Gyre boutique shopping center in Tokyo; a public library in Spijkenisse; an international bank headquarters in Oslo, Norway; and the iconic Mirador and Celosia housing in Madrid.

Current projects include a public art depot in Rotterdam, the transformation of a mixed-use building in central Paris, mixed-use high-rises in New York and Shenzhen, and a variety of housing projects in the Netherlands, France, China, India, and other countries. MVRDV is also working on large-scale urban masterplans in Bordeaux and Caen, France and the masterplan for an eco-city in Logroño, Spain. Larger scale visions for the future of greater Paris, greater Oslo, and the doubling in size of the Dutch new town Almere are also in development.

Our research-oriented approach is exemplified by The Why Factory, an independent think tank and research institute that we run together with the Delft University of Technology, which provides an agenda for architecture and urbanism by envisioning the city of the future. This research leads us to deal with issues ranging from global sustainability in large-scale studies such as Pig City, to small, pragmatic architectural solutions for devastated areas such as New Orleans.

MVRDV first published a manifesto of its work and ideas in FARMAX (1998), followed by MetaCity/Datatown (1999), Costa Iberica (2000), Regionmaker (2002), 5 Minutes City (2003), KM3 (2005), Spacefighter (2007) and Skycar City (2007), The Vertical Village (with The Why Factory, 2012) and the firm’s first monograph of built works MVRDV Buildings (2013, with an updated edition published in 2015)."

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