Rotterdam was practically destroyed due to the bombings of 1944, in the middle of World War II, as happened in many other European cities. However, this Dutch city, when the time came for reconstruction, opted for a different model of resurgence. If the vast majority of destroyed cities in the Old Continent undertook the rehabilitation of their urban center by replicating what existed before the war, in the case of Rotterdam they wanted to build a new city with architecture of the moment. So for decades, this city in the Netherlands has been one of the great meccas of world contemporary architecture.
Modern and remarkable constructions abound throughout its nucleus, to give just one example we can cite its famous Cube Houses. Well, one of the latest additions to this imaginative architectural ensemble is the Markthal, a huge market in the historic heart of the city. Which since its construction has become the largest covered market in the country.
Largest and possibly also the most beautiful, since it is a large space covered by an arch-shaped structure, which in turn serves to house more than 200 private homes of various sizes, which they have windows and balconies outside the street, but also inside the market.
DeIn fact, the internal curve of this great arch is the most attractive part of the whole, since it is decorated with large painted plates where many of the food products are represented that can later be bought both in the supermarket on the ground floor and in the many bars, restaurants and food stalls inside the market. From which there is also access to a large underground parking.
In short, that different functions are housed in the same building and all with an impressive appearance, dimensions and presence. Undoubtedly a magnificent work of contemporary architecture, which began to project the studio of architects MVRDV in the year 2004 and which was inaugurated ten years later, renovating the previous old market and adapting it to new times and new aesthetics. Hence its two striking short facades, where there is a huge window that allows natural light to enter the internal enclosure.
And if aesthetics is very important in this acclaimed architectural design, environmental issues cannot be overlooked either, since the entire project is governed by ideas of sustainability and energy savings, which is why the Markthal Rotterdam has the highest certifications in this field.