Markthal (Market Hall), Rotterdam

Markthal (Market Hall), Rotterdam (must see)

Market Hall is a modern multi-use building that houses apartments, offices, retail space, and the popular market hall. In addition, there is an underground parking garage.

Market Hall opened in 2014 and features an unusual arch design, similar to a horseshoe. The building has a glass facade made up of smaller glass windows. A 34-meter (112-foot) high steel cable structure supports the glass windows. The structure is Europe's largest glass-window cable design.

Market Hall's interior features 11,000 square meters of artwork. Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam created the Horn of Plenty art that shows enlarged fish, vegetables, fruits, seeds, flowers, and insects.

The artwork was created digitally, and the file was so large that the artists used Pixar Studios servers to store the artwork. The artwork was separated into 4000 pieces. Each section was printed on perforated aluminum panels that now decorate the inside of the hall. This impressive artwork is often called The largest artwork in the world and The Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam.

A 10th-century farm was found under the building during construction. In addition, archeologists found a house with two stoves and several fireplaces. Visitors can see an excavation exhibit next to the Market Hall's central staircases.

Market Hall is Holland's largest indoor market. Visitors will find over 100 produce sellers in addition to 15 food shops and eight restaurants. Shoppers can find cheese, fish, produce, poultry, flowers, and plants. Market Hall offers indoor seating if you can't wait to taste your goods.

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Markthal (Market Hall) on Map

Sight Name: Markthal (Market Hall)
Sight Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands (See walking tours in Rotterdam)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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