THE BIRTH OF AN ICON

The Markthal, which is the first covered market in the Netherlands, is a place where good food and unique housing are harmoniously combined in a spectacular arch. This iconic fresh market opened for business on 1 October 2014, after five years of construction.

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WHY WAS The Markthal BUILT?

New European regulations set stricter requirements on selling produce such as fish, meat and cheese in the open air. In Rotterdam, this moment was seen as an opportunity, and on 19 November 2009 work began on a highly ambitious project: a fresh food market, the like of which the world had never seen.

Construction

Sketches

The construcion started
on November 19, 2009

Construction photos

PAST AND FUTURE
WITHIN ONE ARCH

The distinctive arch of the Markthal was built brick by brick near to the Rotte River, the very place where Rotterdam was founded in the year 1270. During construction, all sorts of medieval objects were found, from vases and tools to numerous cannonballs. These objects can currently be seen from the escalators in the Markthal and in the car park.

Photo's of excavations

Reaching altitude

THE BIGGEST PIECE OF ART
IN THE WORLD

The unusual shape of the building has certainly caught the public’s imagination, but the interior is also a delight. This where artist Arno Coenen created the Horn of Plenty, the biggest work of art in the world. Its bright colours cover an area of ​​11,000 m2, resulting in this creation now being known as Rotterdam’s very own Sistine Chapel.

11,000 M2 OF VIBRANT COLOUR

"IT'S LIKE LYING ON YOUR BACK IN THE SUMMER AND GAZING AT EVERYTHING AROUND YOU; THE SKY, THE CLOUDS AND THE SUN AS A SOURCE OF ALL LIFE."

- Arno Coenen, artist

Photos from visitors

10 Eye-popping new
buildings that you'll see
in 2014

- CNN

Already being referred
to as the 'Sistine Chapel
of Rotterdam', horn of
plenty spans the entire
interior of the indoor
market De Markthal, set
to open its doors on
october 1st.

- Vice, The Creaters Project

Come October, the
massive arch of the
Markthal, whose
interior displays 3-D
food photographs,
becomes the country's
first indoor food hall.

- The New York Times

A ROYAL OPENING CEREMONY

The Marthal was officially opened on October 1st 2014, by Her Majesty the Queen Maxima. It was a big feast with good food, refreshing drinks, music and alot of visitors!

Click here to view the photos of the ceremony

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