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If you thought you’ve seen amazing architectural designs to date, you may have been missing out on of the grandest feats as of yet in psychedelic architectural history. Think food heaven; while curiously described as ‘the food Walhalla of the Netherlands’, Markthal Rotterdam, the immense covered food market that also doubles as a housing development shaped like a giant arch, officially opened to the public on October 1st of this year, following a suspenseful five years of construction costing €175 million. Developed by Dutch architects MVRDV, the 120 meter long structure is certainly a sight to behold. It’s like walking into a scene from Alice in Wonderland and wondering what psychedelic mushrooms you have ingested as you can see people staring down at you through the stone of an avocado, sitting up against a lemon, and just plain enjoying watching the little ant people swarm around under the greatest piece of artwork over a marketplace ever seen.
The spectacular 36,000 square foot mural ‘Cornucopia’ (‘Horn of Plenty’) covering the interior of the arch was created by Rotterdam artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam using Pixar Animation software depicting a photographic 3D illusion of fresh products. “Cornucopia shows oversized images of market produce which can be bought at the market, while the flowers and insects refer to the work of Dutch still life masters from the 17th century,” said MVRDV.
The market hall boasts over 100 fresh produce booths and a fine dining experience with one going round the world under a single roof, 7 days a week. Delicacy shops as well as an alternative shopping experience can also be found on the premises of the apartment block arching over a huge marketplace.
Considering its unique design, about 7 million visitors are expected to visit the Netherlands specifically to experience the trippy effect of the market, perhaps even opting to rent out from the homes overlooking Markthal.
Perhaps the best part about all of this is the fact that you can be living in one of the 228 amazing open concept apartments overlooking the Rotterdam marketplace, which allows one to experience fine dining, posh living quarters, grocery shopping and simple cafe fun all under a single roof. With 1200 parking spaces, there’s never a shortage for space, while the 15 food shops and 8 restaurants complete the market’s overall function by providing something more than what the 100 stalls can offer. There’s even a cookery school for those interested in learning, meaning you can live, shop and learn in the same block! One of the most interesting places to be, this amazing new marketplace in Rotterdam is exactly what the Netherlands needed.
Check out Markthal Rotterdam’s images below:
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Image credit: Tom Roeleveld
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