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Rotterdam Market Hall, Rotterdam, Netherlands 
Thursday 19 Nov 2009
 
Tunnel to the future 
 
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18/02/11 Bopp, Sao Paulo
It´s exactly what it is. Received the form from history, presented it as pure as possible. I like that. It has balls and will be an icon. The combination with housing will make the area work as well.
The only thing is, I would make the market inside a bit more interesting. It appears to be quite 2d and when you have the opportunity to have a bit different approach it would be worth the try.
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21/12/09 Sateesh, Hyderabad, India
It is amazing absurdity. This from a nation famous for design. It is pathetic.
25/11/09 ms, paris
The flatness of the front and rear facades make this a really ugly building. The experiment was already done in Paris. They're called the Camenberts. It looks alot like cheap post war construction. Too bad..would have been a great opportunity.
25/11/09 Doreen, melbourne
Beautiful! the new market looks fresh, clean and the colours are so vibrant .
Love the interior walls.
24/11/09 M Sohnius, Cambridge
The world's ugliest building? Compare to the Grand Arch at la Defense in Paris: there you have an office building (empty, when I last looked) overlooking a wind-swept empty plaza where people hurry across as fast as they can to get somewhere else.

What is planned here is a residential building enveloping a traditional open-air market. Ugly or not, it will probably serve the community rather well and hence may end up loved by the locals.
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24/11/09 Daniel Lindahl, Gothenburg
This will surely win the award for worlds ugliest building!!!
23/11/09 dora, ljubljana
on the verge of stupidity....
 

Editorial

First ground broken at Rotterdam Market Hall paves way for social centre 

First ground was broken this week (18 November) at the site of the new €175 million Rotterdam Market, representing the beginnings of a new hybrid social hub. The mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutleb and city councillor Hamit Karakus were on site to commence the construction of the monolithic 100,000 sq m public market and apartment building, designed by MVRDV.

Once complete in 2014 the market will be a giant cavernous archway in the centre of post-war Rotterdam, situated near the historic Laurens church. 228 apartments over ten upper levels will engulf the market void and overlook 100 stalls from interior windows. Each apartment will also feature a balcony on the exterior connecting the project with the community from all angles. The two lower levels of the archway will be used as public space introducing shops and restaurants. Together with an underground supermarket, 1200 parking spaces and 102 of the apartments developed as rental properties, the project is expressed as a social integration in the centre of Rotterdam.

Appearing as an open ended archway, the development is actually protected from the elements by suspended flexible transparent glass façades covering the 40 m tall and wide openings. Those in the apartments are also protected from the noise and smells of the market using heavy insulation. LED panels will feature market images but could also provide the opportunity to set the mood of the market for social and cultural events offering occupants a literal window over proceedings.

The project joins the likes of OMA's Skadstantoor City Hall, Atelier Kempe Thill's Theatre Podium Grotekerplein and KCAP's Red Apple as regenerative projects in the centre of Rotterdam. At the end of October, Planning and Environment Minister Jacqueline Cramer announced that a further investment of €31 million would be dedicated to develop the city's Stadshavens area in the city centre. By 2040 13,000 homes are to be introduced - 1,200 of which will be built on the water. The plans outlined will make the entire area 'energy neutral' and improve accessibility whilst giving key areas such as the Waalhaven boulevard a makeover and improving transport facilities over the water.

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Value 175(m€)
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